Panel to discuss fees in private schools with reps – Deliberations over on education

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 23: The parliamentary Education Affairs Committee has reaffirmed its commitment to finalize draft laws on copyrights, Kuwait University (KU) and Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET).

Speaking to reporters after the committee meeting Thursday, MP Auda Al-Ruweie confirmed completion of discussions on issues concerning the educational sector and the future of Kuwait. He disclosed they tackled the Public Universities Bill after the Higher Education Ministry returned it to the Parliament for further deliberation and preparation of a report in this regard. As per the instruction of the Parliament, the committee will review fees in private schools and discuss the issue with representatives of concerned institutions next week, he added.

He said the committee will also look into the Special Education Bill in order to present a clear and comprehensive law which addresses all loopholes in the sector; as well as the scholarship, appointment and alleged anomalies in KU and PAAET. He went on to say that other items in the agenda of the panel include the Copyrights Draft Law submitted by the government and the amendments proposed by a number of MPs. He asserted the committee members are determined to pass the abovementioned draft laws within two months.

Meanwhile, Priorities Committee Rapporteur MP Ahmed Lari revealed the National Assembly’s agenda for the sessions slated for March 1-2, 2016 include the second deliberation on the proposed abolition of prior censorship on housing projects, law on the General Investigation Department, rights and social welfare for the elderly, suspension of financial allocation for overseas treatment and the government’s policy concerning Bedouns.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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