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MoE finalizes non-accreditation of some universities, courses Govt’s rejection of kids allowance bill confuses Adsani

KUWAIT CITY, March 27: Minister of Education and Higher Education Ahmed Al-Mulaifi has stressed the need to finalize talks on controversies surrounding the authentication of certificates issued by certain universities abroad. Speaking to reporters after meeting members of the Educational Affairs Committee on Thursday, the minister pointed out the only way to address the problem is to use academic standards. He said they also discussed the proposed suspension of enrollment in some universities abroad, affirming both the Ministry of Education and the committee have agreed that education is a national issue. He commended the committee members for their cooperation, especially since most of them are academicians. On the accreditation of some universities and courses, Al-Mulaifi revealed the ministry has taken a final decision on the non-accreditation of these universities and courses. He said the ministry had proposed conducting examinations for students who obtained these certificates, indicating the proposal was discussed with the committee and the ministry is now waiting for the latter’s decision. He explained the acceptance or rejection of certificates will be on a case-bycase basis in accordance with the observed conditions.

Meanwhile, committee member Khalil Abdullah considers the act of a student, who presents fake or unrecognized certificate, a threat to national security. He confirmed there has been an agreement to hold accountable anyone who approves or endorses unrecognized certificates. Furthermore, MP Riyadh Al-Adsani admitted he is confused by the government’s rejection of the Children Allowance Bill; asserting that he has no intention to haggle with the executive authority. He pointed out numerous projects have led to the wastage and squandering of public funds like Jaber stadium, Dow Chemical and the billions of Kuwaiti dinars spent to grant aid for neighboring countries; yet the government comes to a full stop once the issue is about the Kuwaiti public welfare. The MP stated the excuse that “the increment will result in price hikes and misappropriation of public funds” is unacceptable. He argued the proposed KD 25 increase to the current KD 50 children allowance, if calculated, will only cost the State KD 230 million a year. He claimed the government is not keen on development or anything related to it; and on top of that, it has been rejecting recommendations to improve the Kuwaiti public welfare.

Concluding his statement, the MP urged the Assembly to quickly table the bill for voting, “because only then we will find out who among the MPs are against and those who support the bill.” He thinks the Assembly’s stance on the bill is weak, clarifying he does not support attempts to squander public funds but he believes that increment is the right of citizens. In another development, MP Faisal Al-Duwaisan confirmed his resignation from the Legislative and Legal Committee due to a dispute with MP Abdulrahman Al-Jeeran on the latter’s statement that deals or transactions with Zionist entities are allowed in Islam. Al-Jeeran claims his colleague misunderstood his statement, but Al- Duwaisan insists he heard him loud and clear.

Furthermore, Rapporteur of the committee investigating the multi-million deposit scandal MP Sultan Al- Shimiri disclosed they decided, in a meeting Thursday, to consult the constitutional experts first, before moving on with their plans to ensure their investigation is in line with the Constitution. Al-Shimiri said the committee is planning to ask the Central Bank governor to provide details of the MPs’ accounts, especially those with large and sudden deposits, and were referred to the Public Prosecution.

The committee also wants the ministries of Interior, Industry, Finance and Justice to submit the list of real estate properties that the MPs own from 2006 to 2009. In another development, MP Abdul Rahman Al-Jeeran has forwarded questions to Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Sabah on the security issue, implementation of laws, violations, Bedouns, those who violated the Residency Law and the most common crimes in Kuwait. He wants to know if the government has refused to process transactions and imposed restrictions on Bedouns accused of holding sit-ins despite being acquitted by the Kuwaiti judiciary.

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

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