KUWAIT CITY, June 23: The government’s decision to require students applying for State scholarship to pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has been dominating discussions at the National Assembly. Chairperson of the parliamentary Educational Affairs Committee MP Dr Awda Al-Ruweie has affirmed that his committee supports decisions aimed at improving the quality of education in the country.
He asserted the committee has always been keen on bridging differences of opinion on issues in order to come up with a unified opinion which serves the interest of the country and its people.
In a related development, a parliamentary source, who preferred not to be named, revealed that the committee will seek audience this week with Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Hamid Al-Azmi and other ministry officials to discuss the latest developments concerning the IELTS decision which has divided the House.
In an effort to discredit the government’s IELTS decision, MP Riyadh Al-Adasani prepared a brief study on the IELTS which focused on procedural and financial aspects, and its effect on the national budget. The study concluded that the level of English education in the country is ‘low’ as per the IELTS grade.
This is after the study showed the financial and administration data related to the cost shouldered by the State, number of internal and foreign scholarship students, and statistics and official dossier in this regard. Al-Adasani pointed out the best investment is in human development, arguing that plans should not be on reducing expenditure. Instead, the ministry should have plans and strategies for improvement of academic performance and better English education in public schools, he stressed.
By Mohamed Wangengi Arab Times Staff