KUWAIT CITY, Sept 18: Public and private schools nationwide Sunday welcomed back 83,000 male and female teachers from the summer vacation on the first day of academic year 2016/2017.
On this occasion, the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa said he will lead a Kuwaiti delegation of chief instructors in Islamic Studies, Arabic Language and Music to India to participate in a conference on ‘Extremism in Academic Curricula’. At a recent meeting with the Undersecretary of Education Dr Haitham Al-Athary and assistant undersecretaries, he urged parents and guardians of the students to monitor and prevent their wards from accessing websites that contain messages from DAESH and other radical groups.
“This is very important, because the Internet is an open-ended space”, he added. He also said the ministry will play its role by notifying teachers and the administrative staff to be cautious of the menace. He disclosed the ministry will contact the Ministry of Interior on the need to block such sites if possible.
He also congratulated all staff of the ministry on the new academic year, saying he hopes the academic year will be full of achievements.
He frowned on the condition he met at some schools he visited recently and directed concerned officials to perform necessary maintenance work, especially at the cooling systems. He complained about the paucity of funds, lamenting KD7 million allocated for the maintenance of facilities is inadequate, especially as the private schools require serious maintenance.
By Rana Salem Al-Seyassah Staff