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MP calls to up monthly grant for Kuwaiti students in UK & Ireland Next housing minister must be dedicated: Nisf

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 30: MP Kamel Al-Awadhi has called on interim Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Nayef Al-Hajraf to increase the monthly allowance for Kuwaiti students in the United Kingdom and Ireland due to the high cost of living in both countries. Al-Awadhi stressed the need to form a committee to follow up the work of the Financial Department, which has been tasked to look into the actual situation of the Kuwaiti students in countries with high cost of living in order to determine the appropriate percentage of the increment. He said the increase should be based on the academic specializations of the beneficiaries, while ensuring justice for all. He also emphasized the importance of approving the proposed increase in the clinical allowance granted to students specializing in medicine and dentistry; similar to the Faculty of Medicine students at Kuwait University. He called for equal treatment of students in the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) and the university. In a related development, the lawmaker underscored the need to implement the Kuwaitization policy in the cultural offices in London and Dublin; while taking into account the possibility of increasing the number of staff assigned in these offices to facilitate procedures for the students.


Moreover, he recommended the formation of a private accreditation body to officially recognize the universities and academic disciplines in order to prevent the recurrence of the problem of many students, who previously obtained certificates from non-accredited institutions. He then reaffirmed his trust in Al-Hajraf whom he described as “a good listener and keen on addressing problems immediately, so he will definitely solve these issues soon.” In the meantime, MP Safa Al-Hashem praised the recent statement issued by the acting Egyptian government, which branded the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists. She believes this is a good step in terms of confronting those who have violated values and principles of the nation. She hopes the Kuwaiti government will do the same.

Furthermore, MP Mohammed Al-Huwailah has underlined the significance of re-implementing the West Hadiya residential project; which was suspended by the Ministry of Oil for flimsy reasons, such as the presence of oil wells in the area and a purported plan to build houses for managers. He pointed out the project was supposed to include 4,000 housing units, but since it was suspended; a total of 4,000 Kuwaiti families will be added to the waiting list of housing grant applicants. He added it is better to re-implement this project due to the fact that the infrastructure works have been completed and the main highways are passing through it.

He said all that remains to be done is the connection of water and electric networks; hence, the country will save time and money if this step is taken. On the other hand, MP Rakan Al-Nisf said the next housing minister must be dedicated to his work and he should not be given any other responsibility, especially since the housing issue is a huge challenge. Al-Nisf has affirmed the availability of land areas for the implementation of housing projects and all that needs to be done is to lay down a realistic plan with scientific basis to address the housing problem, reports Al-Nahar daily. Al-Nisf said the committee agreed to appoint an international consultant to study the problem and present appropriate solutions, which will be implemented only after obtaining approval from the National Assembly. He added the committee confirmed that the participation of concerned sectors in the implementation of housing projects is one of the main axes in the issue. He stressed the need to find a more meaningful participation for these sectors to ensure the successful execution of big housing projects. He asserted the reformation of the cabinet is another chance for the prime minister to decrease the number of ‘sheikhs’ in the ministerial lineup.

He argued the work of the government is evaluated based on actions and achievements, not the titles or affiliations of its members. He said most of the ‘sheikh’s in the past governments did not achieve anything and were even part of the obstacles due to their poor performance.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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