A Professor of English Department, Bayero University, Kano, Professor Ismaila Tsiga on Thursday called for the prosecution of parents who fails to enroll their wards in the free compulsory basic education.
Tsiga made the call while presenting a paper at a one day workshop on the Phenomenon of youth restiveness and drug abuse organized by Peace Builders Security Concepts with the support of the Katsina State government.
The Professor and a one time Education Commissioner in Katsina State said no state in the country have prosecuted any parents that has failed to send their children to school for the free compulsory basic education as provided by the UBE Act 2004. According to him, “About 10 million children are out of school in Nigeria. 9.5 million are enrolled in Almajiri school.
We can’t bring our children up that way. “That is why we must collectively address issues of Almajiri school. And we have suggested how to do that. We need to reform and upgrade them. Community should upgrade the schools by establishing Arabic schools that will provide certificates to our Almajiri graduates to build their career. “Government should take steps to implement the Universal Basic Education, UBE Act of 2014 which makes provision for free and compulsory primary education. At the moment, the UBE Act was passed in 2004 and 13 years afterwards, no state in Nigeria has fully implemented the UBE Act with regards free and compulsory basic education. Some of us are beneficiaries of the old native Authority system which made it compulsory for every parent to send his children to school and parents who defaulted were prosecuted.
“No state in this country have prosecuted any parents not decide to send the children to school but elsewhere to go and roam about the streets. We have to reconsider this situation. “I’m glad that Katsina State has made a lot of progress in providing education free at basic and secondary education,” the University Don said.
Declaring the occasion open, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State stressed the need to change the sociocultural practice among the people while noting that they must change their way of producing children they cannot take care of. “People have to address the issue of producing children they cannot maintain, especially the lower level people. There is the case of six low level civil servants in my office who have a total of 102 children.”
Represented by the Secretary to the Government of the State, SGS, Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa, the Governor continued when he attributed the youth restiveness and other vices to parents who fail to have limited numbers of children they can give proper upbringing. “No society is crime free, but can only be minimal crime free. Our doors are open to groups willing to bring peace in the state,” Governor Masari said. Earlier, in his welcome address, the Chairman, Peace Builders and Security Concepts, Malam Wada Maida said the society have to do something urgently to stem the tide of youth restiveness or risk being left behind in a world that is fast developing technologically.