Education minister confirms spread of private tutorials among students

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KUWAIT CITY, June 30: Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Hamid Al-Azmi has confirmed the spread of private tutorials for students in primary and secondary levels, reports Al-Qabas daily. In his response to the question of MP Essa Al-Kandari, Al-Azmi attributed this phenomenon to the negligence and slackness of some teachers in presenting academic information to students in the classroom, promotion — directly or indirectly — of tutorial classes, and some parents who do not follow up their children’s academic progress.

The minister also cited openness to modern media which has piqued the interest of a large percentage of the society, especially the children, as well as the desire of underperforming students to improve, prompting them to resort to private tutorials. He also mentioned pressure on parents who want to ensure that their children perform better and obtain higher grades. He said the students’ negligence of study materials throughout the term compels them to seek tutorials and the number of absences for various reasons which directly or indirectly affect the performance of students.

He added the ministry has taken several measures to curb this phenomenon such as inclusion of a provision in the contract of teachers which bars them from engaging in tutorial activities outside the school, ensuring high competence level of teachers, and continuous awareness campaign about the negative impact of tutorials on their contracts and the overall teaching process.

Meanwhile, MP Riyadh Al-Adasani has prepared an extensive study on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), which he referred to Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Hamid Al-Azmi, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Al-Adasani’s study contained administration and financial data based on accredited statistics about the IELTS, cost to be incurred by the State, and number of foreign and internal scholarships. He pointed out that the level of English language teaching in the country is low as reflected in the IELTS grades, indicating the best investment is in human resources.

He said this should be preceded by a comprehensive study to be carried out by the concerned ministry in terms of improving the level of English in public schools and the end goal should not be that of cutting government expenditure in this regard. He emphasized the need to ensure that educational services are in line with spending, competence and effectiveness of educational districts in achieving the desired goals in addition to raising the overall educational level especially the English language. He pointed out that saving public funds should not affect efforts to improve the quality of education

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