MoE’s tablet project should not have been canceled

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Dr Al-Essa describes decision as ‘a disaster’

Former minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa

KUWAIT CITY, May 19: Former minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa says the project of education development and curricula competency, which was prepared with the cooperation of the World Bank, should not have been cancelled, describing such a cancellation as “a disaster” after two years into the project implementation and four years of training Kuwaiti citizens in this regard, reports Al-Rai daily. He stressed that the ministry needed more time to implement the system of competencies in the primary level, adding that the system depended on the practical application for understanding the material. Dr Al-Essa defended the “Tablet” project, insisting that, “Most of the countries that are developed in the field of education use tablets as a successful educational method by all standards”.

He added, “The project was unfortunately canceled in our government schools due to material reasons. The ministry introduced the tablet through the leasing system for a period of one year. When the contract expired, the ministry decided not to renew the contract due to lack of budget for spending on this project”.

He said, “If I were the current minister, I would have preferred to continue the journey. We were one step ahead with the introduction of technology for the application of smart education system. Even our modern schools that are built on the smart school system sought the application of this technology, as one of its most important features is that it reduces the time and effort required for attaining proper education. It also increases the possibility of reducing dependence on teachers in the future”.

Dr Al-Essa insisted that all the projects that were under the previous ministers were considered important and necessary for the development of education. He stressed that the problem was not in those projects but in the ministry administration which neglected to follow up and develop these projects, adding that resistance from the officials of the ministry themselves reflected negatively on the implementation of these projects along with the absence of a time plan for these projects.

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