…As KTSG comes up with new law
Almajiri schools: Only 12-yr-olds can enroll
From Muawuya Bala Idris, Katsina
Katsina State Sharia Commission is to come up with a law banning children below the age of 12 years to enroll into theAlmajiri system under the guise of Qur’anic schools.
The Grand Khadi of the State, AlhafizMikailuAbubakar who spoke with newsmen, said the measure is to protect and minimize the suffering of Almajirai (students) especially the under-age ones.
“The Sharia Commission is disturbed with the suffering of under-age children enrolled into Qur’anic system which has forced them into Almajiranci system to search for food and clothing. “We are working with relevant stakeholders to come with a law to ensure only children above 12 years are allowed to participate in the system,” said he. Abubakar said the Commission has no any intention to ban the Almajiri system but to sanitise it to go in line with the present realities.
He said the proposed law which is likely to come into effect this year, would force parents not to take the children far away from their homes to acquire Islamic education.
According to him, the new law will also attract punishment of paying a fine or imprisonment by any parent who violates it.
The Grand Khadi said the Commission has also resolved to use four prominent Ulama and members of the Commission to educate and sensitise parents on the importance of the new law.
He said the prominent Ulama are to carry out the message to mosques, communities and at preaching sessions, advising parents who cannot afford to take care of their children while away from home to afford Qur’anic schools to stop but enroll them in schools within the communities.