Plans to in­tro­duce petroleum stud­ies to school cur­ricu­lums

150 cater­ing firms ap­ply for school projects

Arab Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 8, (KUNA): The Min­istry of Oil plans on adding “petroleum stud­ies” to schools cur­ricu­lums in the fu­ture, said the min­istry’s pub­lic re­la­tions act­ing Di­rec­tor Sheikha Ta­mader Khaled Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

This step aims to teach stu­dents meth­ods on the best use of oil re­sources, said Sheikha Ta­mader in a press state­ment Sun­day, on the oc­ca­sion of 15 years since the launch of the min­istry’s petroleum ed­u­ca­tion project.

The min­istry “wants to spread aware­ness on the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing our coun­try’s re­sources and in­vest­ing in oil for the ben­e­fit of fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” she noted.

As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Fi­nan­cial Af­fairs at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Yousef Al-Na­j­jar said the num­ber of cater­ing com­pa­nies and out­lets that meet the con­di­tions to cater to school cafe­te­rias and falls within the cat­e­gory of small projects, has reached 150 in just one week, the pe­riod set for in­vestors for bid­ding by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

He added the num­ber is too large to ap­ply this ex­per­i­men­tal project in some schools and not all ed­u­ca­tional di­rec­torates.

Al-Na­j­jar pointed out, some in­vestors have ap­pealed to ex­tend the pe­riod of bid­ding un­til their re­turn from over­seas trips but the min­istry has turned down the re­quest.

He added, a re­port will be sub­mit­ted to the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr Mo­hammed Al-Faris on this is­sue to de­ter­mine the ap­pro­pri­ate mech­a­nism how to deal with so many com­pa­nies.

More­over, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has com­piled a list of 21 food items which are for­bid­den to be sold in the school cafe­te­ria.

They in­clude, en­ergy drinks, iced tea, bev­er­ages con­tain­ing caf­feine, whole milk, fla­vored wa­ter, sports drinks, fruit syrups and all types of gums, other stuffs con­tain­ing con­cen­trated sugar and color ad­di­tives.

Di­rec­tor-General of the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources (PAAAFR) Faisal Al-Ha­sawi dis­closed that a study is un­der­way to es­tab­lish elec­tronic pub­lic toi­lets in pub­lic parks, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

Al-Ha­sawi added the e-toi­let project en­tails an in­te­grated con­ver­gence of elec­tron­ics, me­chan­i­cal and web-mo­bile tech­nolo­gies to con­trol en­try, usage, clean­ing, exit and re­mote mon­i­tor­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties with mul­ti­ple rev­enue op­tions.

He ex­plained that users will in­sert a coin (nom­i­nal amount) in or­der to ob­tain a card to ac­cess the toi­let. He noted the project aims to main­tain clean­li­ness at pub­lic toi­lets and the pro­ceeds will be used in con­duct­ing reg­u­lar main­te­nance es­ti­mated at KD 3 mil­lion per year.

Al-Ha­sawi re­it­er­ated the Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Agri­cul­tural Af­fairs and Fish Re­sources and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Kuwait Farm­ers So­ci­ety have co­or­di­nated to lo­cate booths in the pub­lic parks to sell farm pro­duce.

Sheikha Ta­mader

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