Senegal will impose fines and jail sentences on those responsible for sending pupils of Islamic schools into the streets to beg, President Macky Sall said.

Sall also ordered the “emergency removal” of the children from the streets, he said on the President’s Twitter account late on Friday. More than 30,000 students of Islamic schools are forced by religious leaders to beg in Senegal’s capital Dakar, according to government statistics.

The West African nation has pledged to impose stricter control on Islamic schools after nine students were killed in a 2013 fire.

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