The government of northwestern Nigeria’s Kano State has signed a law that provides for imprisonment or fines for all parents convicted of refusing to send their children to school.
The law was recently signed into law by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, which means that every child of school age must go to school.
State Commissioner for Education, Muhammad Sanusi Sa’idu Kiru, told the BBC that in the future, local government committees would be set up consisting of stakeholders including mayors to ensure that children attend school.
The commissioner said: “Any father found guilty of violating this law will be fined, and if fined, it will be a warning not to repeat it and take his son to school.”
“If a person repeats the offense of refusing to send a child to school, he or she will be fined N20,000 or jailed for one month,” he said.
Muhammad Sanusi Sa’idu Kiru, said if stakeholders, including mayors and teachers, were found to have failed to identify parents who did not send their children to school, they would be fined N5,000 or imprisoned. one month too.
Parents in the state have already begun voicing their support for the law enforcement law introduced by the state government.
Some parents interviewed by the BBC said they welcomed the move but hoped that it would continue, while others said there was a need for improvement as the state’s education sector itself has its own challenges.
Records show that the number of children attending school in Kanon continues to rise at a time when the education sector is facing a number of challenges including lack of resources, and the state government itself has confirmed that there are primary schools. and a secondary school of over 3,000 whose roofs were torn down.
Then there are some demolished classrooms that are estimated to cost more than 30 billion naira to repair.
Prior to the Ganduje administration, his predecessor had a free education system from primary to post-secondary level.
But when the Ganduje government came to power, it annulled the system, which sparked controversy at the time.