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KUWAIT CITY, Dec 10: The Ministry of Education recently issued a circular to private schools requiring teachers to sign a pledge to learn and adhere to the teachings of Islam, traditions of the Kuwaiti Muslim community, and public order and morals, reports Al- Jarida daily. The ministry took this step to protect the State from those trying to impose extremist ideologies, as if Kuwait is an ignorant society that falls asleep and wakes up in immorality.
In this context, sources revealed that the Private Education General Department instructed private schools to oblige teachers to sign the pledge; in addition to conducting rehabilitation and training programs for them before they start working. The pledge states: “I enrolled in a qualifying training program before starting to work in the school. I reviewed the guidebook on the teachings of the Islamic religion, as well as the customs and traditions of the Kuwaiti Muslim community.”
According to sources, teachers should also affirm that they were informed about the general system and etiquette, fully aware of controversial topics that they should neither undertake nor raise, and consult the school administration for guidance regarding unfamiliar information or topics in the guidebook prepared by the school that might lead to controversies between students and within the school environment. Teachers will be held responsible for the consequences in case of violating the pledge. They should acknowledge that the ministry and the school have the right to cancel the work permit once the pledge is violated, sources added.