Weekly Trust - - News - Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Dutse

The in­te­gra­tion of Tsan­gaya Is­lamic schools into western sys­tem of ed­u­ca­tion was a Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment project that came into be­ing in 2012, with a view of en­sur­ing that all Nige­ri­ans have ac­cess to ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion. Also, the gov­ern­ment of the se­lected states, where such schools would be es­tab­lished, were sad­dled with the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pro­vid­ing teach­ing and non-teach­ing staff, as well as other nec­es­sary lo­gis­tics for run­ning schools of this type. The pi­lot scheme took off in 2012 in Niger, Kano, Adamawa, Yobe, Katsina, Oyo, and Ji­gawa states. Seven of them were es­tab­lished in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions across the se­lected lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas in Ji­gawa State.

The Tsan­gaya Is­lamic schools in Ji­gawa are cat­e­go­rized into model one and two. The Model One are day schools that were built in the places of the ex­ist­ing Tsan­gaya Is­lamic schools, while the Model Two are those that are planned from in­cep­tion as board­ing Tsan­gaya model schools.

How­ever, at take-off, the Ji­gawa State gov­ern­ment re­vis­ited the plan of the project and re­mod­elled it by mak­ing the Model One Tsan­gaya Is­lamic Schools to be board­ing schools, too.

The model One Tsan­gaya Is­lamic Schools, lo­cated in Birniwa and Sule, the head­quar­ters of Birniwa and Sule­tankarkar LGAs as well as in Tarabu, Mai’aduwa, Dan­barama in Kirik­isima, Ga­garawa and Jahun LGAs, are un­like the model two, be­cause they were made board­ing schools, with a ca­pac­ity of en­rolling only 50 pupils.

The model two Tsan­gaya Is­lamic Schools, lo­cated in Gantsa and Gwiwa in Buji and Gwiwa LGAs, have the ca­pac­ity of en­rolling over 300 pupils and above be­cause they are de­signed from in­cep­tion to have all fa­cil­i­ties re­quired of any board­ing school.

The model two schools in Gantsa and Gwiwa, started on a sound foot­ing as the state gov­ern­ment pro­vides all lo­gis­tics as con­tained in the blue­print of the scheme.

The state gov­ern­ment pro­vides the schools with nine con­ven­tional and three Qur’anic teach­ers, cooks, three square meals, uni­forms, toi­letries and bed­dings for the Al­ma­jiri pupils. The schools are also pro­vided with func­tional bore­holes, and a util­ity ve­hi­cle. The con­ven­tional teach­ers teach nine dif­fer­ent sub­jects, while the Qur’anic ones, also re­ferred to as Alara­mas, take care of the Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tion in a form of typ­i­cal Tsan­gaya set­ting, but in a more con­ducive en­vi­ron­ment.

A hall is built in each of the schools for Qur’anic recita­tions, and dur­ing Qur’anic lessons the Al­ma­jiris con­verge to the hall with their slates as it is the case in any typ­i­cal Tsan­gaya Is­lamic school, and at this point the Alara­mas take charge.

Apart from the con­ven­tional teach­ers, who are on var­i­ous salary grade lev­els in ac­cor­dance to their qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence, the Alara­mas were all

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