University don advocates support for missionary schools

Yusuf Akinlotan, Lagos

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Professor of Islamic studies at the University of Lagos, Ismail Musa has called for government and the society’s intervention towards reviving the declining standards of missionary schools in the country

Schools under missionaries have struggled to survive and live up to standard since Government returned them to the missionaries about 20 years ago.

Professor Musa made the recommendation as a guest speaker at an annual symposium in honour of Alhaji J.A Gbadamosi 93rd birthday organized by the Anwarul-ul-Islam College, Agege Old students Association  (ACAOSA) in Lagos.

Speaking on the theme: Sustaining missionary schools in the next decade” the University don who stood in for the INEC Chairman, Prof Yakubu Mahmood, said the society which included the government, parents, proprietors as well as alumni must be involved as all hands should be on deck to revive missionary schools.

Prof Yakubu Mahmood was originally scheduled to be the keynote speaker but could not make it due to other official assignments.

Professor Musa noted that education is to serve society, therefore society should be actively involved in funding education.

“What we are advocating is a situation whereby everybody will be able to afford school fees, how do you do that? Missionaries; Both mosques and churches should create special funds for that through the running of foundations in order that everybody can have access to education.” He said

On the closure of schools by state governments due to global coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria, the Professor supported the decision, saying the body is a trust and must not be exposed to danger.

Speaking on the idea behind the symposium, the President General of ACAOSA global, Mr Lawal Pedro, SAN, hinted that the group wanted to collaborate with government in the provision of subvention to sustain missionary schools.

He stated that schools should not be left alone to the missionaries because the schools are struggling to survive.

The Director-General, Office of Quality Assurance, Lagos state ministry of Education, Mrs Abiola Seriki-Ayeni said with quality assurance in missionary schools, the state government will be ready to cue in.

Anwar-ul- Islam college Agege is the first Muslim college in West Africa and one of the oldest surviving missionary schools in Nigeria.

 

Zainab Sa’id

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