Corporal punishment: Committee recommends regulation of Islamic schools


The 11-person committee set up by the Kwara State Government to investigate the corporal punishment meted to some Arabic students in Ganmo, Irepodun local government area of the state has recommended the regulation of Arabic and Islamic schools in the State.

The committee urged Government to immediately set up the Arabic board in the State.

Chairman of the committee and former Grand Kadi of the state Justice Idris Haroon said this on Monday while presenting the report to Governor AbdulRaman Abdulrazaq in Ilorin, the state capital.

“One of the most important recommendations which the committee wants Your Excellency to pay attention to is the reconstitution of the Arabic Education Board as the immediate solution to most of the problems confronting Arabic Schools in the state,” he said.

The committee frowned at the magnitude and manner in which the punishment was carried out at the Arabic school and said steps must be taken to ensure that corrective measures are moderate and better implemented.

Justice Haroon commended the government for its proactive measures on the development, saying the committee was “inaugurated on the 15th day of October, 2021, commenced sitting immediately up till the 24th day of October, 2021.”

Governor Abdulrazaq commended the committee members for accepting the call to serve the people of the state.

He said the government will study and implement the report for the benefits of the society, including the setting up of the Arabic Board.

He said the government understood the delicate nature of the issues involved, hence “we chose to invite experts in the field to look into the issue. We are glad that within the very short period you have come with your report. The government will diligently look into your report.”

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