Senate President Bukola Saraki and Senate Leader, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday seeked the review of the Almajiri education curriculum saying that the existing education system was not working to bridge the gap.
The Senators spoke at the Upper Chamber of the Senate to mark this years’s Children’s Day celebration in the country.
Senator Lawan specifically asked northen states to reform their Almajiri system of education in the interest of Nigeria.
“We are celebrating that there is going to be enormous resources for the health sector to develop our health sector.
“I believe that the time has also come to give something substancial to education especially for the basic education that captures from Kindergarten to junior secondary school education.
“I have consciously decided to bring to our attention and other major stakeholders what the provisions of the Universal Basic Education Act 2004 provide for the education of our children,” Lawan stated.
Senator Saraki on its own stated, “In our society where percentage of our children are still out of school, we owe that responsibility not only that all our children have the opportunity to go to school but make it mandatory for parents to ensure they send their wards to school.
“We must work towards, that at all levels to see that it is not just free education but that parents must be held responsible to ensure that. We have passed some bills to improve the funds for UBEC to reduce the percentage of contribution by states so that it is possible to access funds to UBEC level.
“Education is the greatest assets of any nation and that of our children. As we celebrate, we should remember our responsibilities as representatives of the people. We would do our best to make the future better for our children.”