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‘KU-produced grads not enough to cover needs of labor market’ Foreign Affairs instructs MoE to vacate schools in Al-Zor

KUWAIT CITY, April 17: A recent academic study by Kuwait University indicated the university could not produce enough graduates to cover the needs of the labor market from 2012/2016, reports Al-Rai daily. The study showed the labor market has need for 54,698 graduates to cover the public, private and oil sectors during the period, while the university is expected to produce 28,767 graduates. This indicates the sector will be short of 25,931 graduates— equivalent to 7 percent.

The study cited the faculties lacking ability to fulfill the labor market needs as Faculties of Dentistry, Engineering and Petroleum, and College of Business Administration. It pointed to the total percentage of public sector needs as 87 percent, 9 percent in private sector, and 4 percent in oil sector. It reiterated other public universities are required to cover the needs of the labor market in their various specialties, as young national personnel are required for implementation of the development plan.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has instructed its education counterpart to vacate the schools in Al- Zor, South Kuwait and transfer the students, educational and administrative authorities to the schools in Al-Khairan, reports Al-Seyassah daily quoting sources.

Sources revealed Undersecretary of Education Ministry Mariam Al-Wateed recently met Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Installations Affairs Yousri Al-Qahtani, the director of Al- Ahmadi Educational District and the director of Coordination Department to discuss the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Sources confirmed Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Ahmad Al-Mulaifi has asked Al-Wateed to implement the necessary procedures to vacate the schools by the end of the current academic year.

Sources said the ministry, represented by Al-Ahmadi Educational District, has started notifying the students’ guardians, teachers and administrators about the evacuation process to enable the teachers to fill applications to move outside if they are not interested in moving to Al-Khairan schools, pointing out that the number of students who will be transferred there is about 300; including a large percentage of Saudi students in the primary, intermediate and secondary stages. Sources added the Foreign Affairs Ministry did not clarify in its letter the reasons behind the evacuation.

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