Kuwait welcomes students Sunday – Traffic tested

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 2, (Agencies): The government and private Arabic schools across Kuwait will resume welcoming their students in various stages of the schooling year 2021-2022, Sunday, after an 18-month hiatus. The resumption follows putting in place the necessary health precautions to protect the students against the risks of the coronavirus (COVID- 19) pandemic, Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Education Dr. Abdulmohsen Al-Howaila said on Saturday. “At the behest of Minster of Education Dr. Ali Al- Modhaf, the ministry made all arrangements to ensure the high quality and smoothness of the educational process in the new schooling year,” Dr. Al-Howaila told KUNA.

“The ministry spares no effort in providing a proper environment for an orderly educational process and worked out a strategy that covers the administrative, technical and operational aspects of the process,” he affirmed.

A statistical chart, recently posted on the ministry’s website, put the overall number of schools in Kuwait at 1,146, including 985 public schools and 161 private ones; or 85.95 and 14.05 percent, respectively. The number of school students hit 522,220 – males and females, including 439,365 – or 84.13 percent of the overall, at government schools, and 82,855 – or 15.87 percent, at Arabic private schools.

The past days, which witnessed the start of partial opening of private schools, saw traffic congestion on the streets, and Kuwait will continue to brace for the biggest traffic congestion, Sunday, when about half a million students, or at least half of them will be back in school, reports Al-Rai daily. The General Traffic Department of the Ministry of Interior will be facing a field test, the first of its kind in more than 18 months, during which period schools had pulled down shutters to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The traffic congestion during the Corona period had decreased a lot, and gradually the bottlenecks increased at the roundabouts, and began to escalate significantly with the private schools resuming classes

Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education for Special and Qualitative Education, Dr. Abdulmohsen Al-Huwaila, said only in case of ‘critical health’ situation students of special needs schools will be allowed distance learning if they submit a medical report approved by the Ministry of Health, reports Al- Rai daily. He indicated the report must clearly state the reasons why the student is unable to attend school in person. The daily, quoting sources said, this will continue until a student submits a report approved by the Ministry of Health stating that the health of the student permits him/her to attend school in person.

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