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4,000 bottles of foreign liquor seized – Ministry called upon to verify teachers qualification docus

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 24: Secretary of the Kuwait Society for Education Quality (KSEQ) Hashem Al-Refa’ei said the society has called upon the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to check the qualification certificates of expatriate teachers also instead of focusing only on the Kuwaiti teachers, reports Al-Shahed daily.

Al-Refa’ei was speaking following the disclosure that many teachers hold fake certificates. He added the ministry is conducting aptitude tests for expatriate teachers at the Kuwait University. He also pointed out the university can confirm the efficiency of the teachers via tabled/scheduled tests that help evaluate the capabilities of the teachers.

Al-Refa’ei insisted the KSEQ is determined to apply those procedures before the appointment any new teachers at any of the universities. He added some expatriate teachers complain about the long wait it takes for the concerned authorities to authenticate the certificates issued by foreign institutions. He pointed this long wait is due to the delay caused by the certificates issuing authorities in the respective countries.

For example, he said, some teachers carry certificates from universities which are not recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. He added in some cases the certificates were issued a long time ago and the task of authentication becomes difficult.

Foreign liquor seized: Autho-rities in Kuwait have foiled an attempt to smuggle around 4,000 bottles of alcohol  into the country. The bottles were concealed in a container of construction material that was being transported on a truck, the head of Al Ahmadi security department said according to gulfnews.com.

“A patrol was driving in the Industrial Zone when the servicemen spotted a parked truck,” Abdullah Safah said. “When the policemen approached it, they did not find the driver, but they saw a whiskey bottle.

They immediately called a back-up. The container was subsequently opened and the policemen found 500 boxes of whiskey hidden in the middle of construction material.”

The competent authorities were informed and the truck was confiscated while an investigation was launched to identify the culprits, summon the truck owners and determine how the bottles were smuggled past customs officers, he added, Kuwaiti daily Al Rai reported on Thursday.

“Dealers trading in drugs and whiskey tend to exploit national and festive occasions to push their poison among young people and addicts, hoping they would not be caught by the police. Officers are fully aware of their tactics and will do their best to foil their illicit and ominous deals,” he said.

Kuwait, alongside all Islamic countries, will celebrate Eid Al Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, on Sept 1.

The purchase and making of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited in Kuwait.

In July 2014, the authorities seized 6,000 bottles of wine being smuggled into the country.

The smugglers had reportedly hidden the bottles inside a container that was shipped to Kuwait through Shuaibiya port.

Fake office busted: Security operatives raided a domestic recruitment bureau and arrested two Asians for cheating several citizens and expatriates.

Public Relations and Media Security Affairs in the Interior Ministry stated public security sector received information indicating the two Asian had mastered the art of swindling Kuwaitis and expatriates, and promoted illicit drugs and other immoral activities.

Cable thieves caught: Police have arrested 3 Asians for stealing state property — electrical cables from power stations, reports Al-Shahed daily. The suspects were caught red-handed with the contraband by the Rabiya police.

Their vehicle and the cables have been confiscated and the men referred to the concerned authorities.

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Vehicle broken into: Police are looking for unidentified person for breaking into a mini bus which was parked on an open ground in Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh and stealing 120 kilos of molasses tobacco and sacks of charcoal, reports Al-Anba daily.


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