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KUWAIT, Sept 6: Kuwait’s Ministry of Education (MoE) issued on Sunday a decree regulating the mechanism of work to private schools’ during the 2020-2021 academic year that includes online platforms, in light of the repercussions of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Under the decision, the platforms will be activated at private and bilingual schools that have British, American, French, Indian, Pakistani systems and others, the ministry’s assistant undersecretary for private education Abdul Mohsen Al-Huwaila said in a press statement.
According to the decision published on the ministry’s website, Al-Huwaila added that the standards, measures and indicators that must be implemented in the e-learning platforms have been specified.
He mentioned that these standards are related to educational bodies, electronic curricula, virtual classes, vocational training and student qualification, as well as measurement, evaluation and reports.
The working hours should be at least five per day starting from 8:a.m, he noted.
On the kindergarten and primary levels, the ministerial decision allows foreign schools to begin study for those enrolled in the two stages in the evening after having the guardian’s approval along with providing synchronous and non-synchronous learning resources, he pointed out.
The decree also specified the mechanism of collecting tuition fees in three installments, the first will be 40 percent of the total fees, and 30 percent for the second and the third each in British, American, bilingual and French foreign schools, he stated.
However, the tuition fees in schools with other foreign educational systems are collected in two installments. The fees include e-learning services, and those who violate these regulations will be punished, he stressed.
Such schools are not allowed to organize any activity contradicting educational purposes or any celebrations before having the ministry’s approval, he went to say. He stated that a specialized technical committee is being formed to study the operational and study plans submitted by schools, and supervise the implementation of these plans.(KUNA)