Essa clar­i­fies ‘pre­fer­ring pri­vate schools’ state­ment

Jaber Sta­dium re­opens Dec 12

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Dr Bader AlEssa strongly de­nied a state­ment cir­cu­lat­ing on so­cial me­dia at­trib­uted to him and claims that he said he would put his kids in pri­vate schools in­stead of pub­lic ones. The min­is­ter ex­plained in a state­ment yes­ter­day that what he ac­tu­ally said was in­com­pletely quoted and needs to be ex­plained. Essa ex­plained that re­spond­ing to a ques­tion about why peo­ple en­roll their kids in pri­vate schools, he said that there are three rea­sons in his point of view for this. “Some peo­ple be­lieve that pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion is bad and does not meet their as­pi­ra­tions, oth­ers be­lieve that teach­ing English in the pri­mary stage by na­tive speak­ers would be bet­ter, while a third party is only af­ter pres­tige,” the min­is­ter said. He added that if asked where he would pre­fer send­ing his own kids to, he would choose pri­vate schools for the sec­ond rea­son, par­tic­u­larly at this time when the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry needs four years to de­velop its cur­ricu­lums and teach sci­en­tific sub­jects in English, which is al­ready ap­plied in pri­vate schools.

The min­is­ter stressed that he also re­marked that such a pref­er­ence did not mean Kuwait did not have any out­stand­ing pub­lic schools nor that bad pri­vate schools did not ex­ist. No­tably, MP Mo­hammed AlHadiya had se­verely crit­i­cized Essa’s state­ments about pre­fer­ring to send his kids to pri­vate schools. “Such state­ments by the man re­spon­si­ble for the ed­u­ca­tional process means pub­lic schools have mal­func­tions,” he said, not­ing that mil­lions were be­ing spent on ed­u­ca­tion and a min­is­ter who had been in of­fice long enough makes such state­ments.

Ju­ve­niles’ age

MP Saleh Ashour stressed that leg­is­lat­ing a re­duc­tion of ju­ve­niles’ age from 18 to 16 would be dan­ger­ous, and it would be un­jus­ti­fied to re­duce the age when a child could be held legally ac­count­able just like an adult. “If this leg­is­la­tion is passed, ju­ve­niles will be trans­ferred to the cen­tral prison,” he warned, not­ing the change would also al­low a ju­ve­nile to get mar­ried, form com­pa­nies, drive or even travel un­ac­com­pa­nied. Mean­while, the par­lia­men­tary leg­isla­tive af­fairs com­mit­tee re­jected sug­gested par­lia­men­tary amend­ments to the ju­ve­nile law. In this re­gard, the com­mit­tee chair­man MP Mubarak Al-Ha­rees said three pro­pos­als were re­jected.

Bedoons’ chil­dren

MP Mo­ham­mad Al-Enezi said that he dis­cussed al­low­ing the chil­dren of mil­i­tary bedoons (state­less) and those reg­is­tered in the 1965 cen­sus to en­roll in the army with De­fense Min­is­ter Sheikh Khaled Al-Jar­rah Al-Sabah, who showed a great deal of flex­i­bil­ity to­wards the mat­ter.

‘Porno­graphic’ comics

MP Ab­dul­lah Maay­ouf yes­ter­day is­sued a very strong warn­ing to the in­for­ma­tion min­is­ter for his re­spon­si­bil­ity of the book fair, where some comics he said con­tained ‘porno­graphic ma­te­rial’ were dis­played for sale. “The min­is­ter has to take very strict mea­sures against those re­spon­si­ble for al­low­ing those books in, oth­er­wise we will use our con­sti­tu­tional tools against him,” he warned.

Jaber Sta­dium

The Pub­lic Author­ity for Youth and Sports (PAYS) yes­ter­day set De­cem­ber 12, 2015 as the date to re­open Jaber Sta­dium and the in­for­ma­tion min­istry’s as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary for TV af­fairs ap­proved the bud­get al­lo­cated for a con­cert to be held on the oc­ca­sion. A let­ter was sent by the as­sis­tant un­der­sec­re­tary declar­ing that the open­ing cer­e­mony would be at­tended by HH the Amir and that a large num­ber of Arab and GCC singers would take part in the con­cert.

Price con­trol

Min­is­ter of Commerce and In­dus­try Yousif Al-Ali yes­ter­day said that his min­istry was ca­pa­ble of controlling prices and avoid in­creases if taxes are im­posed on lo­cal and for­eign com­pa­nies. “Im­pos­ing those taxes does not call for in­creas­ing prices for more than one rea­son,” he added, ex­plain­ing that Kuwaiti com­pa­nies al­ready pay 4.5 per­cent in in­di­rect taxes. “We are tech­ni­cally speak­ing about a max­i­mum of 10 per­cent, which means taxes would be min­i­mal and do not call for in­creas­ing prices,”Yousif un­der­lined

Camel com­pe­ti­tions

The In­te­rior Min­istry’s weapons in­spec­tion di­rec­tor Ma­jor Gen­eral Far­raj Al-Azobi said that weapon in­spec­tion teams would be de­ployed all along the roads lead­ing to the camel and cat­tle com­pe­ti­tion sites where those tra­di­tional com­pe­ti­tions are held in Jahra to search for weapons and pre­vent any law vi­o­la­tion in this re­gard. “We will have foot and un­der­cover pa­trols to im­me­di­ately ar­rest weapons users,” he added.

Dr Bader Al-Essa

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