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‘Punished teachers caught red-handed’
KUWAIT CITY, April 2: The “education gap” is not the only disease that Kuwait suffers from, which does not seem to be the most dangerous disease but what is more disturbing is the fact that the younger generation at this rate will not be able to run the country’s affairs in future and according to Al-Qabas daily the recent evidence points a finger in this direction.
The 40,000 cases of students cheating in the schools of the Ministry of Education that were recently discovered, has sent shock waves and to add insult to injury 26 teachers and heads of department were implicated for leaking question papers.
The suspects are said to have earned about 3 million dinars including those who hold prestigious supervisory and administrative positions in public education schools. What is even more surprising is they were caught red-handed. It is unfortunate, and frightening at the same time, that these heinous practices, which are not appropriate on the part of the educators of the future because instead of brightening the path of young generations they have cast a dark shadow which will certainly ruin the nation.
The teachers and heads of departments in public education schools are said to have used “modern cheating methods” while answering electronic tests for the supervisory positions currently held by the Ministry of Education. Informed sources told the daily the Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, Osama Al-Sultan, has issued decisions against some Kuwaiti teachers who were caught using fraudulent methods while answering electronic tests for supervisory positions. They were given “zero” in the test and banned them for three years from applying for senior positions.
The sources confirmed that the punished teachers were caught redhanded by the observers, as they were using modern cheating tools — mobile phones and headphones, and they tried to use them during electronic exams, and a cheating report was issued against them, and then a detailed report of the incident was submitted to the public education sector to take necessary action and legal procedures. However, the sources said the punishment is not deterrent because it does not exceed a period of 3 years for the suspect to apply for the position again; observers do not record reports against cheaters under the pretext of “not embarrassing them”; the fragility and weakness of control in tests and lack of stringency to prevent fraud.