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 KUWAIT CITY, May 7: The Educational Affairs Committee in the Parliament discussed Wednesday a number of proposals; such as granting privileges to Bedoun and expatriate teachers similar to those given to their Kuwaiti counterparts.

Committee Chairman MP Hamoud Al-Hamdan disclosed the proposed privileges include salary during summer, endof- service benefits and maternity leave. He said the committee also agreed on awarding annual prize in the name of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah to Kuwaitis who obtain patent for their inventions, expansion of scholarship program for students in Arab countries and reevaluation of allowances given to students with scholarship grants.

The committee also tackled the suggestion to form a joint committee consisting of members from the Interior Ministry, Kuwait University and civil society institutions to combat drugs; as well as the proposed naming of a studio in the Information Minister after the late Badr Al-Mudaf in recognition of his great contributions to the country. It also discussed the electronic library for the blind, website for each school, establishment of centers for developing the skills of teachers, and appointment of an official spokesperson for each ministry and other public institutions.

On another issue, State Minister for Housing Affairs Yasser Aboul confirmed his attendance of the recently-concluded meeting of the Housing Affairs Committee; during which they tackled the housing, energy and electricity projects. He said this will pave the way for the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) to complete the housing projects. He added they also discussed draft bills related to Housing Care Law number 47/ 1993.

On the alleged decision of the government to approve the proposed construction of 35,000 housing units in the next five years, Aboul explained this proposal has been included in the timetable of the executive authority. He pointed out the government had earlier presented a proposal to the committee to construct 12,000 housing units annually and Khairan City.

According to the minister, the lawmakers have presented many other proposals and the government is currently studying them to address the housing issue. He revealed one of the projects discussed in the meeting is the vertical building concept, stressing the need to offer various products in the real estate market like housing care and land. He pointed out many citizens have shown interest in the vertical building concept and the ministry is now focusing on this

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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