Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil holds ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Me­shaal Al-Enezi

KUWAIT: Chair­man of the struc­tural plan­ning com­mit­tee at the Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Ali Al-Mousa said the coun­cil will hold an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing to­mor­row. Mousa ex­plained that the meet­ing will be about ar­ti­cle 15 of mu­nic­i­pal­ity law num­ber 33/2016 which states: “The min­is­ter, mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil chair­man or at least five of its

Ali Al-Mousa

mem­bers may call for hold­ing an ex­tra­or­di­nary ses­sion pro­vided they de­ter­mine the topic to be dis­cussed.” Mousa also ex­plained that the ses­sion is about the trans­ac­tions the coun­cil is cur­rently re­view­ing. He added that the agenda of the meet­ing will also in­clude the rec­om­men­da­tions made by Hawally and Cap­i­tal com­mit­tees. The Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil has not been able to meet re­cently due to lack of quo­rum.

MP crit­i­cizes MoE

MP Thamer Al-Suwait crit­i­cized what he de­scribed as the Ministry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s (MoE) years-long blun­der­ing and lack of a clear vi­sion. “MoE has been com­ing up with new poli­cies ev­ery now and then, and when it fails in one, it moves on to an­other,” he said, re­mind­ing how the ministry stored school cur­ricu­lums on flash mem­ory sticks, then moved on to us­ing smart boards, and fi­nally tablets, be­fore it re­cently again changed its mind. “Our chil­dren have be­come guinea pigs of the MoE and the World Bank since 2003 with­out any tan­gi­ble re­sults,” Suwait said, not­ing that in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the World Bank, the ministry used an ed­u­ca­tional qual­ity im­prove­ment pro­gram that ended in 2004, then an­other that started in 2015 and is ex­pected to end in 2019 with­out any pos­i­tive re­sults so far de­spite the mil­lions spent. Suwait stressed that the best in­vest­ment is in hu­man re­sources, and un­less MoE sets proper ed­u­ca­tional poli­cies, Kuwait will never have real ed­u­ca­tion or hu­man de­vel­op­ment.

Court or­ders

The crim­i­nal court yes­ter­day an­nulled an ear­lier ver­dict sen­tenc­ing a sus­pect in ab­sen­tia to life­time im­pris­on­ment and ac­quit­ted him of charges of kid­nap­ping. Mean­while, the ad­min­is­tra­tive court yes­ter­day can­celled the Interior Ministry’s in­ves­ti­ga­tions di­rec­tor’s de­ci­sion to re­ject ap­point­ing a cit­i­zen as an in­ves­ti­ga­tor. The court or­dered to ap­point the ap­pli­cant ef­fec­tive since Feb 2016, when 128 peo­ple were ap­pointed and he was ex­cluded de­spite hold­ing a de­gree with high scores and af­ter un­der­go­ing oral and writ­ten tests and an in­ter­view.

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