Kuwait minister defends decision to extend school day

September 28, 2010

Al Humood visiting a school - Kuwait Times

Kuwait’s education minister has defended a controversial decision to extend the school day, saying that it was made after an extensive study.

Moodhi Al Humood came under fire from the Teachers’ Society after she went ahead with a decision to extend the regular school day by 25 to 35 minutes, to be added to the 35 minutes of a period for school activities.

Education officials said that the extra time will be used to “nurture the spirits of patriotism and educational and social virtues in students and help them get actively engaged in activities of their preferences.”

The teachers however have complained that they had not been consulted about the extension and that the decision was “emotional” and not based on a serious study.

“The Teachers’ Society’s opinion will be taken into consideration and we hope to reach an agreement with them on the issue for the best interest of the educational process and the country,” Al Humood told the media during a field tour of schools, Kuwait Times reported.

The minister said that education standards would be boosted to meet increasing modern challenges.

The e-learning project, which involves the distribution of a laptop to each student in public schools, is “now in action,” with the tender set, the minister said. “The ministry is keen to keep up with the latest learning-related developments.”

The tender for the surveillance cameras to be installed in schools has also been signed, she said.




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