The schools will be handed over two weeks after Ramadan.
The federal government will hand over the 80 almajiri schools built across Nigeria to the affected states, the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, has said.
Mr. Wike, who addressed State House correspondents in Abuja after the National Economic Council meeting, presented an update on the status of the Almajiri Education Programme.
He said the schools would be handed over two weeks after the end of the Ramadan fast.
The schools were built as part of efforts towards addressing the problem of the high number of out-of-school children. Almajiri’s are usually children of school age who are sent, by their parents, to live with a local Islamic teacher who usually makes them fend for themselves by begging. It is mostly common in the northern part of Nigeria and contributes a significant figure to the official 10.5 million out-of-school children in Nigeria.
Mr. Wike said the NEC commended the progress recorded in the education programme and recommended the take-off of academic programmes in the completed schools by the next academic calendar in September, 2013.
The Council also recommended that the federal government provide textbooks, furniture and laboratory items while the state government would feed the children and provide uniforms in collaboration with the federal Government.
The Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, and the Ministry of Education will make arrangements for the handover of the schools to the states to enhance enrolment and the success of the programme.
The Council further noted the need for a robust enrolment campaign to encourage parents to take their children to the schools.
The National Planning Commission is to co-ordinate with the Federal Ministry of Education and the state governors to ensure effective implementation of the programme.
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