Bauchi State government has promised to increase the salaries being paid to the over 30, 000 almajiri teachers working in different tsangaya schools in the state.
The director general, Bauchi State Tsangaya Education, known as the almajiri education system, Sayyadi Aliyu Dahiru Bauchi, stated this yesterday while formally introducing e-payment to the qur’anic teachers which would be adopted from next month.
Sayyadi Aliyu who noted that the almajiri teachers were being paid N5, 000 allowances each month said that he had tabled a proposal before the state governor, Isa Yuguda for the increment of the salaries to N7,000 each.
This is just as he said that the government would also distribute 100 motorcycles to selected qur’anic teachers in addition to the six cars and a bus it had earlier donated to the tsangaya schools in the state to facilitate their mobility.
“We have to be grateful to the present administration in the state for its commitment to transforming the almajiri education system which is why it has created the unprecedented office of the director general on tsangaya education and it is the first government in the state that commenced payment of salaries and allowances to qur’anic teachers so as to better their lives. This office will soon carry out a census to ascertain the total number of tsangaya schools, teachers and the pupils [almajiris] with a view to advising government on how to properly manage them’’, he said.
The DG noted that as part of efforts to update the knowledge of the tsangaya teachers in the state, workshops and special classes were organised where the tsangaya teachers had been taught English Language, Arithmetics and Computer application so that they could teach same to their almajiris urging other state governments in the north to emulate the state.