KUWAIT: MP Hmoud Al- Hamdan has submitted several parliamentary queries to Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr Nayef Falah Al-Hajraf.

The first query is about the hike in fees in private schools particularly the schools which use the foreign curricula. He said the hike in fees in these schools has put a huge burden on the guardians. Al-Hamdan wants to know the criteria which the ministry adopts for private schools concerning the hike in fees.

The second question is about inequality in payment of ‘excellent work’ allowance between teachers of the Education Ministry and those from the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs. He wants to know why there has been a delay in paying excellent work allowance to teachers from the Education Ministry in recent years.

The third question is related to the negative impact private tuitions have on students and the teachers in schools and how they put a heavy financial burden on the families. He enquired about steps, administrative measures and media campaigns the ministry has taken to curb the phenomenon of private tuitions. What the ministry has done to raise the standard of students and to what extent has the teachers attended the consolidation program centers the ministry organized in some areas during the evenings? MP Talal Al-Sahli has called for cooperation between the Legislative and Executive authorities during the next stage. He stressed on the need to implement the priorities — housing, health and education — as shown by the opinion poll which was carried out by the Parliament Speaker recently.

This is in addition to the loans followed by the other priorities in the order of their merit. In a press statement Al-Sahli stressed on the need for serious work to translate these priorities into a reality keeping in mind the desired development, implementation of reforms in various sectors and improvement of services. He noted the citizens are fed up of empty promises and media statements. He added, “It is time to move forward and translate the desire of HH the Amir to transform Kuwait into a global financial and commercial hub.” He said as an MP he will closely monitor and follow-up the implementation of the priorities and will cooperate extensively with the ministers in this regard.

By: Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff