Plans to introduce petroleum studies to school curriculums
150 catering firms apply for school projects
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.