No School Suspensions: Kuwait well-prepared for rains

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 21, (Agencies): Following consecutive rainfalls in the country since last Wednesday, engineering sources from the Ministry of Education informed that schools incurred minimal damage, primarily consisting of isolated electrical short circuits and sporadic leaks in some school facilities. Additionally, parts of the canopy in a girls’ schoolyard in the Hawalli Educational Zone collapsed. The reports, however, are limited in scope and do not impede ongoing studies. The engineering affairs departments promptly addressed these issues.

A fallen part of the canopy at one of the Kuwait schools.

The sources emphasized that the fallen canopy parts posed no threat to students or staff, occurring before school activities commenced, with no reported injuries. Most schools took proactive measures to prepare for the rainy season, including surface cleaning, ensuring proper drainage, and preventing manhole blockages. The situation in schools remains safe, and there is no need for class disruptions or a switch to electronic learning, provided that the main drainage networks adjacent to schools are functioning effectively.

Highlighting potential obstacles to learning, the sources mentioned the formation of large water pools at school entrances and flag yards. They asserted that these pools, if they arise, can be swiftly removed within a day or two through coordination with the Ministry of Public Works, utilizing suction tanks. However, no such pools were reported during the recent rainfalls in any of Kuwait’s public and private schools, affirming that the academic situation is normal, and schools are fully prepared to welcome students.

Regarding damages in new schools, sources indicated that issues are minimal and primarily revolve around coordination between school administrations and the General Corporation for Housing Welfare. The latter is committed to fulfilling its contractual obligations, as its schools are still under warranty.

In a separate development, Mutlaq Al-Mutairi, Acting Director of the Department of Educational Activities and Superintendent of Educational Technologies and Libraries at the Ministry of Education, announced the formation of the Student Council for the Educational Capital District. The council, established after elections organized by the Social and Psychological Service Directive, aims to promote dialogue, acceptance of diverse opinions, and student participation in decision-making. The elected student leaders include Daniel Al-Kandari as President, Abdulaziz Al-Shammari as Vice-President, Abdul-Wahab Al-Rashidi as Secretary, and Khaled Al-Daihani as Assistant Secretary. The elections involved 48 students from 16 schools in the district.

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