In The Gambia, the past few decades have seen a rapid increase in enrolments in Western-style schools, where elements of Koranic teachings were introduced in 1977. On the other hand, Muslim parents in rural areas are often hesitant about enrolling their children in a Western-style school.
Such parents prefer to enroll their children in a madrassa, which is a modern type of Islamic school. The objectives of the study are to present views of villagers in two case study villages in The Gambia with regard to the Western-style school and the madrassa. The adopted methods were questionnaires
to heads of the household of the two villages, and in-depth interviews with selected heads of households. The findings are interpreted in the educational realities in The Gambia that are affected by external effects on the Gambian state.
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