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Go To School First : Kano passes law requiring girls to complete secondary school before getting married

The governor of Kano state, Abdulahi Ganduje, has revealed that the education policy in the state has reduced the menace of child-bride in the state.
The governor disclosed this on Sunday night during the 2019 Human Rights Summit/Award with the theme, ‘Adopting Rights Based Approach in the Public Sector Sustainable Development Agenda’, organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
The governor who was one of the awardees also said that the almajiri system of education was now being integrated into the modern system of education.
He explained that his government introduced free and compulsory basic and secondary education, while also taking care of all the out-of-school children to make sure they are being given the opportunity for education.
According to him, “The much talked about almajiri system is now being integrated with modern system of education. The girl-child education, you know the problems of marrying underage girls, but from our policy now, all our girls have to at least finish secondary education before they are married.”
Northern Nigeria and Kano state in particular has one of the highest rates of early marriages among girls in the country.

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