The National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) has gone through thick and thin. It was founded by Alhaji Sir, Ahmadu Bello Sardauna of Sokoto in 1960. Subsequently, it was transfered to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1969.The Board has undergone series of positive transformation. Firstly, as a Board for the Northern part of Nigeria only with few Schools and Colleges under its tutelage. Currently, with the recognition and approval of National Council on Education (NCE) at its 57th meeting held at Sokoto in February, 2011, the Board as a National Examination and Regulatory Body covers the whole nation with over 900 recognized schools and colleges.
Aims & Objectives
The aims and objectives of the Board (NBAIS) as entrenched in the philosophy of the Nigerian National Policy on Education are as follows:
- To positively respond to serious demand of Nigerian Communities in developing religious discipline.
- To establish and create means for the less privileged to have an integrated knowledge.
- To succeed in federal government mission of disseminating religious doctrines and practices.
- To create an avenue for a healthier educational competition.
- To achieve unity among the Nigerian citizens by integrating the Arabic and Islamic curricula, into the National policy on Education.
Duties & Functions
The National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies has been saddled with the following responsibilities:
- Collaboration with state Ministries of Education in recognition and coordination of Arabic/ Islamic Schools, Colleges and Centres.
- Collaboration with Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) in the area of Curricular Development
- Constant review of Syllabi for Arabic/Islamic schools and Colleges.
- Production of text books and related learning materials for schools and colleges.
- Organizing workshops, seminars and conferences for Arabic and Islamic School teachers.
- Conduct of examinations for Junior and Senior Arabic and Islamic Schools Certificate.
- Standardization of examination for the award of certificates for Arabic and Islamic Schools and Colleges.
- Collaboration with state Ministries of Education in the quality control of Government, Community, Private Arabic/Islamic Schools and Colleges.
- Liaising with NGOs on Arabic and Islamic Education for the progress of Education in general.
- Advising Federal, State Ministries of Education and NGOs on policies concerning Arabic and Islamic Education.