Emir Sanusi Tells Northern Governors To Use Mosques As Classrooms

The Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II

has advised northern governors to use

mosques to offer primary education

instead of constructing more

classrooms, in the midst of scarce


Emir Sanusi who spoke during the

combined graduation of 2,000 in-service

teachers under the Kano state Teacher

Upgrade Training Programme,

maintained that the idea was feasible

and cost-saving.

He said: “Since there are many mosques

in the northern part of the country,

across local governments, they could

function as primary schools during the

day time and in between afternoon and

evening obligatory prayers.

“By so doing, we can limit the amount

we spend on school infrastructure and

devote the funds to the training of

teachers, which is among the critical

factors that lead to positive learning


According to him, “as proof that the idea

will work, he stated that during a visited

to Fez, a city in Morocco some time ago,

he visited a mosque which, besides its

traditional function as a place of

worship, was also conveniently serving

as a university with a structured course

outlines and lecturers.”

The Emir maintained that “the

separation of mosques from the

teaching of formal education

contributed significantly to the notion,

among misguided people, that Islam is

against western education.”

He, however, expressed happiness that

for the first time, the government of

Kano state has understood that the

problem of education is not principally

about infrastructure and teaching

materials, but placed emphasis on

teacher capacity building for better

leaning outcomes.

The governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi

Umar Ganduje told the gathering that

Kano has over 3 million pupils in public

primary schools, over 52,000 teachers

and 6,000 public basic education

schools, with multiple challenges,

including that of infrastructure.

“Despite the current economic

hardships, there are still ongoing

construction of new schools, more

renovation works in many schools,

procurement and provision of essential

teaching and learning materials,” he


Besides, the governor stated that

administration is determined to improve

the quality of human resource in the

education sector for effective teaching

and learning, saying, “we are surely

obliged to continue to demonstrate our

commitment to the development of

education in the state.”

Dr. Ganduje explained that his vision is

to ensure that “by the end of year 2017,

all unqualified basic education teachers

in Kano State will become professional

teachers through Teacher Upgrade

Programme and other in-service

Training opportunities.”

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