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Kano State To Introduce Arabic Studies Into Pry & Sec Schools Curriculum

KANO State government will soon introduce Arabic Language into public primary and secondary schools curricula because of its significance in understanding Islam and because it is one of the official languages of the United Nations.


Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje disclosed this during a reception organised by the Manarul Hudah Islamiyya, in honour of Umar Sani Fagge, a lecturer with the Bayero University, Kano, who recently bagged a doctorate from the university.

Ganduje explained that Saudi Arabia has pledged to support the state government to achieve the objectives of introducing the Arabic language, adding that learning the language would not only facilitate religious scholarship but also commerce.

The governor recalled that before the colonisation of Nigeria, people from the northern part of the country learnt Arabic and used to communicate on paper with the language and its locally adapted form, known as Ajami.

He, however, lamented that many Muslims in the state today do not understand the religion of Islam due to poor understanding of the Arabic language, and that the teaching of the language from primary school level would help pupils to understand it.

The governor pledged that his administration would rehabilitate Islamic schools through the State Standing Committee on Education, maintaining that already, N10 million has been given to each of the committees in the 44 local government areas for the rehabilitation of schools in their domains.

He described Dr. Umar Sani Fagge as an outstanding scholar, and lauded him for his contribution to Islamic learning and propagation.

The former vice chancellors of the university, Professors Sani Zahraddeen and Abubakar Rashid spoke glowingly of the honoree and his contribution to learning and societal reorientation in the state.

In his remarks, Dr. Fagge thanked God Almighty for making the attainment of the doctorate possible, and thanked organisers of the party for honouring him.


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