The Federal Government and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector have been advised to adopt and promote the teaching and learning of Arabic language in schools across the country.
The Chairman of the Kwara State Arabic Education Board, Dr AbulKadir Oba-Solagberu stated this in Ilorin while addressing a press conference in preparation for this year’s Mock Examination for Arabic Students in the state.
He noted that the learning of Arabic had nothing to do with religion, stressing that the skill had become necessary for advancement.
Dr Oba-Solagberu, however, stated that Arabic Education was not meant for Muslims alone, noting that some of experts in the language were non-Muslims.
The Chairman decried educational tourism by some Nigerians.
According to him, “majority of Nigerians now go to foreign countries such as India, Malaysia, Qatar, Kuwait , China and Saudi-Arabia among other countries in the Middle East and Asia for Post-Graduate Studies . Unfortunately such students only rely on English language as the only medium of communication and interaction not minding other nationals coming from background, race and continent.”
Speaking on this year’s Mock Examination, Dr Oba-Solagberu disclosed that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed-led government had plans to sponsor about eight hundred candidates for the National Board of Arabic and Islamic Studies examination, equivalent to the National Examination Council.
He recalled that the State Government sponsored about four hundred candidates, who passed the mock last year, where the majority of them were now in tertiary institutions across the world.
While commending the state government’s efforts on the “Every Child Counts” education reform policy, Dr Oba-Solagberu urged parents, guardians as well as proprietors of Arabic schools in the state to register the children, wards and pupils for the mock examination.
“It must be known that the existence of the Arabic Board in state is not for Muslims alone. Non-Muslims can also develop their talent by learning Arabic language just like Muslims also did to English language”, he said.