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Panel submits report on Copyright & Related Rights Bill to Assembly

KUWAIT CITY, April 18: The parliamentary Educational Affairs Committee has submitted its report on the Copyright and Related Rights Bill to the National Assembly and this will be included in the agenda for the next session, says Committee Chairman MP Ouda Al-Ruweie.

Affirming that approval of the bill will improve Kuwait’s position among other countries in terms of protecting copyrights, Al-Ruwaei disclosed the bill includes stipulation addressing the issue of tarnishing the image of Kuwait in the international community.

He stressed the panel’s endorsement of the bill is a great contribution to ongoing efforts to protect the global image of Kuwait. He added the committee also discussed the Government Universities Bill which addresses loopholes found in Higher Education Law Number 29/66 as well as the laws on establishing Jaber and Al-Shadadiya universities. He pointed out the ratification of this bill means there will be no problems in establishing government universities in the future. He said Kuwait will have three universities once this bill is approved, in addition to the possibility of setting up faculties apart from the Public Authority for Applied Education (PAAET) to form the core of universities later.

He also unveiled the committee’s intention to invite the minister of education and other ministry officials to discuss the current problems in the educational sector, such as the improper behavior of teachers towards the students. He pointed out there are clear penalties and measures against any student who misbehaves but there is nothing for teachers.

Meanwhile, the Youth and Sports Committee on Monday completed its deliberation on the decision to suspend Kuwait from participation in international sports events. Committee Chairman MP Abdullah Al-Mayouf affirmed they are fully prepared for Thursday’s meeting which will tackle the next action concerning public and parliamentary sports delegations. He disclosed, “We looked into the responses of the sports authority to comments about the sports unions which contributed to the suspension of Kuwait.”

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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