Lawmaker wants education minister to address case of stalled PhD students

August 4, 2010

A Kuwaiti lawmaker has urged the education minister to seek a prompt solution to the dilemma of Kuwaiti students whose academic status has waded into controversy.

“We have Kuwaiti students who have been studying for a PhD in Bahrain, but their studies have been suspended for more than seven months now,” MP Mohammad Al Hayef said. “The minister has to act quickly in order to help them out of this miasma, particularly that some of them have been sent there by the ministry,” he said.

Kuwait last year stopped recognizing degrees from most Bahraini private universities, charging that there had been fraught with management irregularities and substandard academic levels.

Bahrain’s education ministry took strong action against offenders, forcing some of the colleges to freeze courses until they complied with tougher regulations. The uncompromising action led to several students being stalled in the middle of their studies.

“We wonder when the situation will be cleared up as the ministry has to assume its responsibilities towards Kuwaiti students,” Al Hayef said. “These are people with vast knowledge and the country needs their expertise. As our assets, they deserve to receive ample attention from the authorities and should be motivated to move forward, and not made to suffer,” the lawmaker said.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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