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Bill mandates segregation of students – No mingling in labs, facilities proposed

KUWAIT CITY, May 3: MPs Hamoud Al-Hamdan, Auda Al-Ruweie, Mohammed Al-Huwailah, Ali Abdulla Al-Khamis and Hamdan Al-Azmi presented a bill on amending the Higher Education Law applied at Kuwait University, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) and private educational institutions in order to prohibit male and female students from mingling in buildings, laboratories and other facilities in their schools.

The proposal states that Article One of Law No. 24/1996 will be replaced with the following text: “The government shall take steps to renovate the existing buildings in colleges, institutes and centers of Kuwait University, PAAET and private educational institutions to prevent male and female students from mingling in buildings, laboratories and libraries as well as the educational, administrative and services facilities, among others.”

Meanwhile, MP Kamel Al- Awadhi submitted questions to Minister of Electricity and Water Ahmad Al-Jassar on the electricity and water charges approved by the Parliament in the last two sessions. He pointed out the new electricity and water charges will be implemented to address imbalances in the demand for these resources and unjustified increase in consumption due to the failure of some people to use water and electricity judiciously.

In an attempt to determine the real situation and the position of the ministry on the new charges, the lawmaker wants to know the following:

■ Total unpaid energy bills of ministries, other public institutions, companies, private enterprises and residential investment buildings including chalets and private farms

■ Actions taken to collect unpaid bills

■ Average monthly consumption of ministries and other public institutions

■ Measures to rationalize consumption in these institutions

■ Updates on the installation of smart meters in a number of investment and residential units during the trial before the actual implementation

■ Steps taken to prevent the accumulation of unpaid bills because the meters are not read periodically.

Moreover, Chairman of the Cultural, Education and Guidance Affairs Committee MP Auda Al-Ruweie said they discussed the Government Universities Law with the president of the Teaching Staff Association in Kuwait University.

He confirmed the committee will finalized its talks on the law in its next meeting. He added the next meeting’s agenda include the Private Education Law, indicating that the committee had earlier met some private school owners to tackle the proposal to increase fees.

He disclosed the committee will vote on the Talented Care Draft Law for inclusion in the agenda of the National Assembly, in addition to the amendment of the Public Authority for Handicapped Affairs Law

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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