The National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NABAIS) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria is the only supervisory and examining body that has been in charge of all Arabic and Islamic junior and senior secondary schools throughout Nigeria. It was established by the law no. 10 of the Sardauna of Nigeria in 1960. Sir Ahmadu Bello, then Sardauna of Sokoto initiated it. The Board was thus one of the important legacies of the Late Premier of Northern Nigeria. In order to move with changes which affect the Nigeria Education Sector, the Boiardo has embarked on the mainstreaming of the national basic education policy. To that effect, the board has registered the total number of 337 schools and colleges at both the junior and secondary level across the nation.

Recently, by dint of hard work, the board was offered full recognition by the Federal government through the federal ministry of education. Thus the 62nd Joint Consultative Committee on Education (JCCE) Reference Committee recommended the NBAIS Memorandum for full recognition in May 2010 at the meeting hosted by Akwa Ibom state government. Later at the meeting of the 72nd JCCE Plenary session held at Jos in September 2010, the recommendation of the JCCE, Reference committee meeting was endorsed unanimously in the presence of the representatives of the state ministries of education and other stakeholders. The endorsement was forwarded for further, consideration and approval by the National Council on Education (NCE).

Eventually, the NCE considered the recognition and endorsement mentioned at its 57th meeting held in February, 2011 at Sokoto. At this meeting the NBAIS full recommendation was approved as contained in the communiqué at the end of the meeting.

The Mission of NBAIS is to further enhance the study of Arabic and Islamic Studies and other conventional subjects in its schools and colleges as contained in its curricula. In the area of its measurement and evaluation as a supervisory and examine body, it examines and assesses candidates and issues them with its certificate known as senior Arabic and Islamic secondary school certificate (SAISSC). Thus NBAIS is determined to cater for the Education of all groups in the society who loath to end their children or wards to the conventional secondary school because of their love for learning Arabic and Islamic subjects only.


The Vision of NBAIS is to be at the frontline in realizing the ambition of the Federal Government of Nigeria in its programme for the full integration of western and Islamic Education, the promotion of Qur’anic schools and the Madrasah system of education in country.


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