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Parliament panel approves ‘child protection’ draft bill MP threatens to grill acting education minister

KUWAIT CITY, July 24: The parliamentary Women and Family Affairs Committee approved Thursday the Child Protection Bill and referred it to the National Assembly for ratification in the next legislative round. 
Speaking to the press after the committee meeting with representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), Committee Chairman MP Saleh Ashour disclosed they reviewed all 140 articles of the bill which he drafted, along with MP Khalil Saleh.  He confirmed both the executive and legislative authorities have reached an agreement on the bill; indicating the representatives of the Interior, Health, Education, Social Affairs and Labor ministries have given their opinion on the articles of the bill.
 
Ashour explained the bill is derived from the United Nations Convention on Child Protection, affirming all other Arab and Gulf countries had earlier issued laws based on this convention, except Kuwait.  He stressed the need to approve the bill for Kuwait to join the ranks of countries with a law on the protection of children.  He disclosed the bill is aimed at protecting the rights of children, starting from birth.  He said the bill includes stipulations on the children’s right to education and training, in addition to the needs of the handicapped and victims of various forms of abuse.   
 
Meanwhile, MP Abdullah Al-Turaiji has threatened to submit a grilling request against Minister of Commerce and Industry and acting Minister of Education and Higher Education Abdul-Mohsen Al-Mudej if Director of National Center for Education Development Dr Reda Al-Khayat remains in his post. 
In a press statement recently, Al-Turaiji called on the acting education minister to take his responsibility and stop the irregularities in the center.  He intends to use his constitutional tools in case the minister does not take the necessary measures against what he called the ‘exclusionary method of administration’ which led to the poor performance of the center.  He accused Al-Khayat of failure to play his role in developing the educational sector and ensuring the efficiency of the center.
 
On the other hand, MP Ahmed Al-Qudaibi has attributed the perennial problems of the country to the concerned authorities’ failure to strictly implement the law on everyone.  He cited as an example the Citizenship Law which must be applied impartially, away from political interference or favoritism.  
He said the cancellation of citizenship under Article 21(repeated) of the law must be applied on those who obtained nationality by using forged certificates.  He also underscored the importance of carrying out thorough investigation to identify the officials behind the forgery of documents and take legal action against them.  
 

 By Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb 

Arab Times Staff

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb

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