Education development plan to be set by 2019
Minister signs university city facilities’ contract
The plan to develop education in Kuwait will continue until 2019, executed by specialized national staff from the Ministry of Education, the ministry’s Undersecretary Haitham Al-Athari announced yesterday.
The level of education in Kuwait did not live up to the ministry’s views, nor the big amounts of money spent on it, Athari said during a workshop organized in cooperation with the World Bank and heads of the program on developing education.
Meanwhile, the workshop was followed by a visual presentation on the steps of the plan, including developing the skills of principals and teachers of elementary schools, designed to create more qualified school books.
In other news, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr Bader Hamad Al-Essa yesterday signed the contract of the academic supporting buildings of the Sabah Al-Salem University City. The contract will see cooperation between the Kuwait University Construction Program (KUCP) and a Chinese company, with costs of KD 139 million.
It includes 13 buildings and will be completed in three years’ time, the minister said after the signing ceremony. The University City will be opened by 2019. Referring to a fire that erupted in a basement inside the project two days earlier, the minister said it was just a small one that would not affect the schedule of the project.
Engineer Asrar Al-Najjar, general supervisor of the project, said that the part offered is the first of the support buildings that constitute the backbone of the colleges inside the campus. She added that the total area of the project is 213,000 square meters, with total costs of 139.7 million. The project will be implemented by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd China Construction, in cooperation with Al-Kharafi National as a local agent, she pointed out.
The ceremony was attended by the Chinese ambassador in Kuwait Wang Di, director of the Sabal Al-Salem University City Construction Program Dr Quteiba Al-Marzouqi, and the Chinese company regional director in the Middle East Yu Tao.
The Ministry of Education’s Sector for Educational Development and Activities, in coordination with the US Embassy, concluded a series of celebrations marking Kuwait’s 25 Liberation Day at Subaya bin Harith School. The school’s principle
An artist’s rendition the project.
Layla Akbar expressed her pride in Kuwaitis who had sacrificed their lives to free their country.
She also lauded coalition forces’ which helped, under the UN umbrella and international community, in bringing the legitimacy and freedom of this country back to its rightful people. Meanwhile, the US Ambassador’s wife Catherine Silliman expressed her appreciation to be part of this celebration, stressing the strong ties between Kuwait and the US. —KUNA
KUWAIT: Officials including Education Minister Dr Bader Al-Essa (second from left), Kuwait University’s Rector Dr Hussein Al-Ansari, (fourth from left), Chinese ambassador in Kuwait Wang Di (fifth from left) are pictured during the contract signing ceremony.
One of the planned academic supporting buildings at the Sabah Al-Salem University City.