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Students react violently against measures taken to curb cheating

Study ongoing to hike teaching hours

KUWAIT CITY, May 28: It seems Ministry of Education has started reaping the fruits and paying the price for its efforts in preventing malpractice during examinations and coping with the growing anger and resentment of the “cheating” students, reports Al-Rai daily.

According to an educational source, some unknown individuals broke the door of the main examination committee office in a high school in Jahra area, tampered with its contents and spread chaos in the area. The incident might have taken place over the weekend, as a way of expressing anger and rejection of the new measures adopted by the ministry in the committees (examination rooms) of high schools. An integrated report on the incident will be submitted by the Chairman of the committee to the Director of Jahra Educational Zone Walid Al-Ghaith to take the necessary measures.

The source revealed that several other incidents occurred in some schools, explaining that a student of evening classes attacked an assistant director and teachers at Al-Muhaini Secondary School after the earphones he used for cheating was discovered in his possession.

Outside Sabah Al-Nasser High School, a 4WD vehicle with hidden number plate drove into the school’s parking lot after which the motorist stepped out of the vehicle and used loudspeakers to give out answers to students who were sitting for the exams.

When the headmaster came out of the school to check the situation, the motorist performed a stunt and was on the verge of running over one of the security guards of the school.

Meanwhile, a study is ongoing to increase the teaching hours of faculty staff in academic institutions from nine hours to 12 hours per week starting from next academic year with the aim of dealing with the admission crisis, closed sections and shortage of professors, which are the problems academic institutions usually face at the beginning of each term, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting informed sources.

They explained that the nine hours of teaching per week is less compared to the salary of up to KD 4,000 that professors get, notwithstanding the allowances and bonuses they get for their participation in committees and conferences both inside and outside the country. There are a number of professors working in governmental agencies on the provision of support services and consultants in ministries and authorities even though their basic work is teaching. The government pays them a lot of money especially during their overseas missions to obtain doctorates.

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