The Adamawa State Government has revealed why the multi-million naira Almajiri schools set up by the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan, are yet to become operational, explaining that the schools are too expensive to run.
The Chairman of the Adamawa State Universal Education Board, Dr. Mohammed Toungo, made this known in Yola, the state capital, while appraising the success of the educational initiative of the American University of Nigeria, targeting almajiri children between the ages of six and 17 years.
Corroborating Toungo, the Permanent Secretary, Adamawa State Ministry of Education, Alhaji Mahmud Abubakar, also explained that the state government was finding it difficult to put the almajiri schools into use because of financial constraints.
The Jonathan-led government had under the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan in its determination to modernise the almajiri system of Islamic education built and commissioned some model schools across the North, some of which were also built in Adamawa State.
Toungo, who was represented by the ADSUBEB’s Director of Quality Assurance, Saidu Komsari, explained that the state is bothered by the number of out-of-school children and the non-operation of the school as a result of funding gaps and the government’s inability to recruit the personnel needed for its take-off because such schools required specialised teachers.
According to Toungo, “the government spent not less than N100 million in constructing each of the seven schools with a combined enrolment for only 420 almajiri but which also had been lying fallow since its establishment in 2012.