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Ministry of Health accused of ‘double standard’ policy

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 27: Foreign private schools began organizing paper tests for students inside schools after obtaining the approval of the health authorities, while the Ministry of Health is strictly adhering to its rules and regulations to continue distance education for public schools in what looks like a clear case of double standard in dealing with students of private schools and public schools.

Education sources said the Ministry of Education has received an official letter from some foreign schools calling for paper-based tests and that it would adhere to all the necessary health requirements, explaining that the Ministry of Education confirmed the decision has the approval of the Ministry of Health.

The private foreign schools are said to have given their commitment to social distancing and adhering to other health requirements.

The sources clarified that the Ministry of Education had earlier submitted several requests to the Ministry of Health to approve paper-based tests for students in public schools, but its request was rejected under the pretext of health status and the inability to fulfill health requirements, explaining that the ministry presented an integrated plan for returning to traditional education and set up a mechanism including all requirements, but it did not succeed in convincing the Ministry of Health, while it appears the foreign schools have succeeded in convincing the Ministry of Health to hold paper tests.

By Abdul Rahman Al-Shimmari Al-Seyassah Staff

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