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Parents decry hike in fees by some schools

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 2: Parents of students have expressed their anxiety about the hike in school fees of some private schools, which is in violation of the decisions of Ministry of Education, reports Al-Anba daily. Director General of Private Education Abdullah Al-Basri revealed that private schools are violating regulations related to quality of education by increasing the school fees by KD 45 and above.

He indicated that some parents have refused to pay the increased amount based on their conviction that related rules and regulations forbid such an increase due to academic and construction problems. Al-Basri said the department has demanded the concerned parents to submit official petitions so that inspection teams can be sent to such schools, adding that some parents complained that many schools collect the full school fees at once, which is a huge burden on the families.

He stressed that the department will discuss with proprietors of the schools regarding the need to allow installment payment of school fees, assuring that the department is resilient enough to handle multitude of issues and resolve them in a way that will not affect parents, because its primary objective is to improve the standard of education in the country. Al-Basri revealed that the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Commerce and Industry and Acting Minister for Education and Higher Education Dr Abdulmohsen Al-Mudej recently instructed ministry officials to ensure the rights of all segments are protected in this regard.

Ministry of Finance approved request by the Undersecretary of Education Mariam Al-Wateed to write-off the cost of residence stamps owed by the ministry’s expatriate workforce for academic year 1991/1992 after the liberation of Kuwait valued at KD 5,000, reports Al- Rai daily.

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