students in about 1500 public and private schools start their new academic year 2020/2021 remotely in all levels and educational districts, after the suspension of education for a period of more than 7 months, amid fears of the fall of the Internet due to the tremendous pressure on it.
According to the official statistics of “Education”, obtained by Al-Qabas, the number of enrolled students in public education schools reached 402,190 students, among them 27,682 in kindergartens and 156,670 in the primary stage, in addition to 128,191 students in intermediate school, and 86,407 students in high school, in addition to 3240 students in religious education institutes, and 1735 in special education schools.
On the other hand, the total number of learners in Arab private schools reached 97,772 students, including 3149 in kindergartens, 34,831 in primary schools, 33,944 in average, and 24,861 in secondary schools, in addition to 987 learners with special needs.
The Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr. Saud Al-Harbi held a meeting with the educational leaders yesterday, and the directors of all educational districts, to ensure the completion of preparations for the start of the new school year and to stand on the most prominent observations and obstacles facing the field and schools.
An educational source revealed to Al-Qabas that Al-Harbi informed the public administrators that they are the decision-makers in all emergency matters, whether in their educational districts or the schools affiliated with them, stressing the importance of devoting the principle of decentralization in decision-making, equality and justice in allocating shares to teachers.
A proactive plan
Al-Harbi emphasized that the academic year 2020/2021 will start according to the predetermined date without change, indicating that the Education Ministry has developed an integrated proactive plan for the second phase of the application of “distance education” to the rest of the educational stages following the success of the e-learning experience of the twelfth grade. One of the most important of these is the division of educational stages in virtual classes and the attendance of learners into periods that take into account the social conditions and financial capabilities of families.
He said, “The Ministry is on the verge of a new phase of education, and we are setting the preliminary guidelines for distance education, hoping to continue this success in the coming periods, after we have drawn our way in this context, aware of all the obstacles that will face us; The transition from traditional to online education was not easy. Because it required great preparations, the provision of infrastructure and an integrated scientific content, and it was a new experience that will pave the way for what will come next.
Facing the crisis
Al-Harbi expressed his belief in national capabilities and cadres in facing the crisis caused by “Covid-19”. “Despite the difficulties, the successes achieved invite us and push us towards continuity, benefiting from our past experiences.”
Call for effort
The Minister urged students in all educational stages to make efforts and exploit the available resources to achieve their goals and aspirations that they seek, pointing out that real education is an effective tool in the process of economic and social development to build Kuwaiti people and access knowledge, and build a healthy personality capable of giving.
Life march Al-Harbi addressed the students by saying: “Success and excellence have no limit or end