MoE working towards achieving ‘national vision’, says Al-Fares
Ministry collects over KD 5m on renting out vacant schools
KUWAIT CITY, July 16: Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Mohammad Al-Fares affirmed that the ministry is working toward achieving the national vision for creative human capital investment by sponsoring students on scholarship to the most reputable international universities in various countries. He said the financial motivation will encourage them to join excellent universities, reports Al-Rai daily.
The minister added the Ministry of Higher Education usually advertises scholarship programs after public and American secondary school exams, as well as the British school exams that are concluded August ending. He confirmed the ongoing verification procedures concerning admission into the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, indicating the result will be released soon.
He added the admission of 7,028 male and female students announced by Kuwait University for 2017/2018 academic year was done after verification of documents from which qualified students were selected.
He declared Kuwait University accepted 6,231 male and female students who obtained 80 percent and above in the Arts Section, and 75 percent and above in Science Section for first semester. He stressed the admission of 797 others who obtained 70-74.99 percent in the Science Section
and 77.99-78 percent in the Arts Section has been deferred until the second semester.
He reiterated 288 seats were allocated for non-Kuwaiti applicants who satisfied the conditions and their admission will be processed by end of August, because the officials are waiting for results of British secondary schools expected to be released around that time.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Education collected KD 5,199,968 during last academic year by renting out vacant schools to private schools, and games halls to government agencies and institutions, reports Al-Qabas daily quoting an informed source.
He said the revenues from the rent were short of KD 125,031, as the ministry should have received KD 5,325,000.
The source indicated that the
government fixed January, May and September for payment of the rents in three batches.
He revealed that the ministry also obtained KD 180,000 from selling consumables, spare parts, equipment, vehicles, tyres, machines, furniture and other items.
The source explained that KD 52,222, which is 29 percent of the total amount, is yet to be paid. The financial sector has requested for a new auction for selling consumables.
He said the ministry is yet to collect revenues worth KD 137,000 from training programs organized for a company for teaching the children of the ministry’s employees.
Ministry of Education is planning to hold an extensive meeting concerning administrative affairs on Sunday to prepare a detailed
memorandum to present to Al-Fares as soon as possible with the aim of addressing the problems and obstacles faced in activating the fingerprint attendance system on employees of the education field, reports Al-Nahar daily.
According to sources, it seems difficult to activate the fingerprint attendance system within the time specified by Civil Service Commission (CSC) on Oct 1. They highlighted the need for the presence of adequate equipment to cover all the schools, which are about 900 schools, as well as prepare the 70,000 employees including teachers, administrators and service providers.
The sources also stressed the need to provide a strong network to ensure the success of the process of linking schools and CSC, as the current network is very slow.
His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah arrived last night in the United States on a private visit. (KUNA)