Kuwait schools asked to avoid tough exams

June 2, 2011

Kuwait’s schools have been instructed to avoid asking difficult questions in the end-of-term exams. The instructions aim to avoid causing anxiety and stress to students and affecting their performance in all exams, Ahmad Al Mulaifi, the education minister said, Kuwait Times reported on Thursday.

Al Mulaifi, who was given the education portfolio in the cabinet reshuffle last month, said that the end of year exams should be prepared while taking into consideration the mixed abilities of the students. The answers to very technical or complex exam questions should be assessed only by experts in the matter or by those who originally designed the questions, he said.
There is also a need to boost Arabic language studies for elementary level students to help them better understand and respond to exam questions. According to the daily, the education ministry is working on improving teachers’ performance in order to limit the need for private tutoring and is organizing workshops to help ameliorate educational standards. Teachers with innovative ideas should be encouraged to move forward and the ministry should invest in them to help improve educational standards and services, the minister said.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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  • Bahrain Tribune
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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