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Insufficient space in govt schools; Lack of desks, chairs cited

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KUWAIT CITY, March 10: Some educational districts said the number of students in the three academic stages in schools under their supervision has exceeded the highest limit, in addition to the lack of furniture, reports Al-Rai daily quoting a source from the educational sector. According to the source, the number of students in some classes reached 20 per group. This means the number of students once the face-to-face classes resumes will be 40 per class – a number that is unacceptable for government schools, the source asserted.

The source attributed this problem to the decision to suspend the opening of new schools in some residential areas due to the Corona crisis and lack of furniture in the Supply Department, which has already exhausted its stock. He stressed that the negative repercussions of the pandemic for the Ministry of Education will continue until the next academic year (2022-2023); coinciding with the supervisory authorities’ approval of educational tenders, such as the supply of furniture, sanitation, maintenance, security, food and transportation. He said these tenders are vital for the smooth operation of schools.

The source enumerated the main problems that stand in the way of a comprehensive resumption of face-to-face classes as follows: sanitation, furniture and many others. He revealed some facilities of large secondary schools (high schools) are still dusty and appear to have been neglected despite their administrations’ move to seek the services of daily laborers and domestic workers, considering the number of such workers in each school is just three.

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