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MPs in push to finalize segregation of education

KUWAIT CITY, March 20: MPs Mohammed Tanna, Sultan Al-Shimiri, Hamoud Al-Hamdan, Ahmed Al-Mutei and Majed Musa submitted a proposal to amend Law No 24/1996 on segregation in high schools, universities and applied education.

Article One stipulates that within five years, the government is obligated to develop the facilities of all educational buildings under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education to ensure total segregation of male and female students in accordance with the standards set by the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs.

The proposal is aimed at clarifying the definition and implementation of segregation in educational arenas — the objective of the Parliament when it passed the law in 1996.

On another development, a number of MPs expressed satisfaction over the Ministry of Interior’s decision to officially categorize Hezbollah as a terrorist group and criminalize the act of supporting the group. MP Mansour Al-Zufari stated that this directive necessitates taking action against individuals connected to Hezbollah, such as deportation, in order to protect the country and its people.

He also called for issuance of a directive to lay down regulations and guidelines to prevent any individual proven to have even the slightest connection with Hezbollah from entering the country He stressed that considering the activities of Hezbollah in different countries in the region, every concerned authority in the State of Kuwait should be on top of such matters. Furthermore, MP Yousef Al-Zalzalah praised the minister of commerce and industry for issuing a directive on suspending the work of the committee in charge of the promotion of employees after discovering numerous violations and unfair actions. He claimed the committee has taken biased decisions, falsified documents and granted employment opportunities to undeserving individuals.

He said the minister has ordered reevaluation of all candidates and to include current assistant managers to ensure everyone is given a chance to go up the career ladder. In a related development, Al-Zalzalah submitted several queries to the minister regarding the issue. He wants to know the number of complaints submitted against the committee, actions taken in this regard and copies of relevant documents that the Parliament can use in conducting investigations to determine the extent of damage done to the employment structure. In the meantime, MP Ahmed Al-Qudaibi has announced his plan to present a grilling request against Minister of Commerce and Industry Yusef Al-Ali for refusing to respond to questions within the specified period. Asked about the points of grilling, the lawmaker said he has yet to specify the grilling points but there will be more than one issue, while he did not disclose the date of submitting the interpellation request.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim and Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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