Official says lucrative nature of begging force pupils to abandon Jigawa school for the blind

Official says lucrative nature of begging force pupils to abandon Jigawa school for the blind

- The Jigawa state school for the blind has been abandoned by majority of the pupils registered in the school

- The director of works at the state basic education board, Alhassan Marke, says the pupils prefer begging to school

- The principal of the school, Husseini Mahmud, says another reason the pupils are staying away from school is because the government is yet to commence feeding in the school

The Jigawa state school for the blind located in Limawa community in Dutse local government area, has been abandoned by pupils whom an official said prefer begging to schooling.

The vice principal of the boarding school, Husseini Mahmud, said the school, which was founded in 2013 to cater for the blind children across the state for basic level education, has 66 pupils formally registered.

According to Mahmud, only 10 pupils who reside nearby appear for schooling, Premium Times reports.

Legit.ng gathers that he said there are currently four students at the junior secondary section, while there are six pupils at the primary section.

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Explaining the reason for low attendance, the director of works at the state basic education board, Alhassan Marke, said: “Probably because of the lucrative nature of begging in our society, or because an educated blind man has not been a model in the society. I doubt if there are ten blind people working in Jigawa State.

“The major challenge for the school of the blind is enrolment. We’re doing our best, we will not relent in our efforts. Some of the blind people see the school as alien. Most of them see themselves as people destined to beg for survival.”

The vice principal added: “We have accommodation for students and teachers. What probably makes the other students stay away from school is because the government is yet to commence feeding in the boarding school.

“In Jigawa State, there is free education for people living with disabilities from primary school up to university level. Also, the feeding for the school of the blind is also free.

“The management of the school is proving difficult over time because there is no subvention from the authority. The major constraints for the proper functioning of the school are feeding and inadequate manpower."

Sixteen-year old Maryam Adamu who is visually impaired said her ambition is to become a teacher in the school.

Adamu, who is in junior secondary school two student, said: “My ambition is to further my education and to come back to the school and teach because I learned that there is a dearth of teachers in the school.”

Another student, 13-year-old junior secondary school two student, Ayuba Isma’il, said he wants to become a teacher.

He said: “My ambition is to further my education to become a degree holder and teach.”

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that former governor of Nasarawa state, Umaru Al-Makura, tasked Islamic teachers (malams) to stop sending their students to the streets to beg.

The former governor said that the increasing rate of child beggars in the state was becoming worrisome.

He expressed this concern in Lafia on Monday, September 3, 2018, while addressing 2,140 graduates and NCE holders that were employed as teachers.

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