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Elementary stage ‘curriculum’ to focus on reading, writing, listening

KUWAIT CITY, May 2: During her presence at the inauguration of the Third Educational Forum which was organized by Hawa Bint Yazeed Al-Ansariya High School, Acting Director of the Deve-lopment of Curriculum Administration at the Ministry of Education Ibtissam Al-Hai said that the ministry is currently working on the development of the elementary stage curriculum through the cancellation of some subjects and focusing more on reading, writing and listening in main subjects such as the Islamic Education, Holy Quran, Arabic, English and Mat-hematics. She went on to say other subjects such as Science, Social Studies, National Education and Life Skills will have extra classes.

Meanwhile, she mentioned the number of classes each week will comprise of 30 instead of 35 in order to reduce the burden on the program and instead focus on the quality of education and not the quantity particularly since definitions vary from each subject to the other. She also expressed her gratitude to those who attended the event saying such activities aim to develop the ability of students to receive more information through technology and professional educational methods.

General Technical Supervisor for Libraries and Research Methods Subject Fawziya Al-Rabei has announced that six schools won in the competition on special scientific methods for writing reports and scientific research for high school students, reports Al-Anba daily. Al-Rabei made the announcement in a ceremony organized recently by the office of the General Technical Guidance for Libraries Subject, in cooperation with Babtain Arabic Poetry Library.

The event was under the auspices of Education and Higher Education Minister Ahmad Al- Muleifi and Chairperson of Babtain Library Dr Abdul Aziz Al- Babtain. According to Al-Rabei, Omar Bin Al-Khattab, Abdul Latif Thaniyan Al-Ghanem and Qortobi high schools for boys won the first three positions. He said the other winners include Suad Al-Sabah, Labnah Bint Al-Hareth and Al- Jazaer high schools for girls. She added this is the third edition of the competition with the participation of 52 schools representing all educational districts. She affirmed the competition achieved its main goals; such as raising a generation with critical thinking ability, honing their skills in using scientific methods and encouraging them to be part of solutions to national problems.

Ministry of Education has finished compiling the first work guide for the examination control rooms covering all classes of the three learning stages at the general secondary schools and religious institutes, reports Al-Rai daily quoting informed sources. They said the guide contains strict procedures for guaranteeing confidentiality of work and preventing leak of examination papers. It stipulates that the only officials who can enter the Central Printing Unit are the Minister, Undersecretary and Assistant Undersecretary for Public Education.

The procedures include thorough search of workers in the printing unit while entering and exiting the place. The workers should not carry any equipment, materials and phones that can be used for leaking examination papers. The committee recommended every worker in the printing unit to sign an undertaking, pledging to be held responsible for any administrative and criminal misdeed or failure to abide by the regulations governing examination confidentiality. Each staff member’s records should be clean in order for them to be a part of the team.

By: Abdurrahman Al-Shimmari Al-Seyassah Staff

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