Muslim Cleric advocates English Language lessons for Al-majiri students
An Islamic Scholar, Alhaji Miftaudeen Balogun, on Wednesday advocated for English Language lessons for students in Almajiri Integrated Schools in the country.
Balogun, the leader of Abuja Chapter of Dairat Jafariyat Fitorikat Tijaniyat Islamic organisation of Nigeria, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said that understanding English language, which was general language of communication in the classroom, was one of the major problems faced by the students.
The cleric said that this challenge scared many students to escape from the school and return to the streets to beg for alms.
“The school should organise extra lessons for the students, especially in English language and Mathematics.
“The school environment should be made more convenient and conducive for learning.’’
Balogun stressed the need for school administrators and teachers to be closer to the students and give them listening ears.
“Adequate and updated instructional materials should be provided by the government, NGOs, philanthropists, and other stakeholders in Almajiri education.
“Other major notable problem is the inadequacy of food given to the students.
“However, the schools have qualified teachers who are NCE and university graduates.
“Likewise the teachers are not only experienced but also punctual and committed to their duty.’’
Balogun said the food supply to the school should be adequate and regular.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Federal Government established the Almajiri Integrated Schools (AIS) to curtail the menace of street begging by children and youths in the name of pursuing Qur’anic Education.
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