KUWAIT CITY, Jan 11: The Ministry of Education announced there will be no paper or electronic exams for the first semester of the current academic year ‘2020-2021’. Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education Faisal Al-Maqsid said in a press statement after his meeting with the ministry officials that studies for all levels in all educational districts will be completed according to the dates specified in the ministerial decree for the ‘online’ distance education system in force at the moment in all schools.
Al-Maqsid reiterated the Ministry’s keenness for the safety, health and future of students, and taking decisions that are in the interest of the students and the entire educational Mutie Al-Ajmi, the Director-General of the Ahmadi Educational District, Mansour Al-Daihani, the Acting Director of Information Systems Department, Dhaidan Al-Ajami, and a number of observers and inspectors from public schools. Meanwhile, the educational sources said the meeting did not result in any tangible results in ending the debate over the issue of grades for secondary school students, while the primary stage was decided to be 100 percent according to the previous plan for the distance education system.
However, the sources said both sides differed on how to calculate the percentage of grades for the first semester according to the “distance education” system, as the first proposal included that the percentage should be 50 percent for the first semester and 50 percent for the second semester, while the other opinion believes it should be 60 and 40 percent.
While yet another opinion believes that the percentage in the first semester should be 70% and 30%, while others demand that the percentage of the first semester should be 100% complete in accordance with the plan of the distance education system currently approved by the evaluation system, taking into account the attendance, absence and participation.
The sources stated all the proposals were not approved at the meeting, and Maqsid was satisfied with indicating that these opinions will be discussed at the level of assistant undersecretaries and presented to the minister for approval or the final decision.
In other news, the number of students admitted to the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) has been increasing over the last years, while the number of graduates decreased in academic year 2019/2020, reports Al-Qabas daily. According to the statistics released by the Admission and Registration Deanship at PAAET, the number of graduates in 2019/2020 reached 3,816 while the number of accepted students totaled 12,110 which indicate more pressure on the facilities and resources of the authority.
By Abdulrahman Al-Shammari Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies