Transposing Islamiyyah Schools for Effective Performance in the 21st Century, South-West Nigeria
Islamiyyah schools play a distinct and significant role in the preservation and spread of Islam not only in Nigeria but all over the world especially where Islam is practised as religion. In Nigeria, Islamiyyah schools are operated at two different levels, katātib (Basic Qur’anic school) and madrasah (Arabic and Islamic Studies school). Regrettably, it was discovered that majority of Islamiyyah schools are not responsive to the 21st century imperatives. Change is what is constant but the failure of Islamiyyah schools to comply with the 21st century imperatives might render their performance obsolete in the nearest future. Undoubtedly, this will have adverse effect on the preservation and spread of Islam, the goals which they stand to achieve. The purpose of this study is to bring to lime light the extent to which Islamiyyah schools are lagging behind in catching up with the 21st century imperatives. Descriptive research design was explored because the study intended to describe the situation of Islamiyyah schools vis-à-vis the 21st century imperatives. The study gives full descriptions of structure of katātib and madrasah which shows that they were not in tune with the 21st century imperatives. Also what constitute the 21st century imperatives were critically analysed. Furthermore, guidelines on how the madrasah can meet up with 21st century imperatives were explained. The study concludes that the major obstacle for meeting up with the 21st century imperatives is the mentality or mindset of “This is how our father used to do it” which the stakeholders inherited from their predecessors.