Recognizing the importance of investing in human capital, the Kuwaiti government has announced its plans to spend more than USD 1 billion over a period of five years to improve educational facilities in the country.
A statement by Mohammad Al-Sayegh, Ministry of Education’s assistant undersecretary for educational buildings, reveals government intentions to demolish and rebuild old and dilapidated schools, and build new infrastructure for educational facilities. While 10 schools have already been developed, it is expected that about 50 schools will be constructed by 2014. These schools will also be equipped with latest technology and introduce an active learning environment in the classroom.
Further, the Ministry also plans to improve the level of training facilities and six centers would be constructed to train teachers and administrators across the country. These training centers will offer state of the art learning facilities to Kuwaiti teachers and administrators so that they may quickly adapt to the challenges of a modern education system.
Earlier, the Kuwaiti Education Ministry also entered into a partnership with Singapore’s National Education Institute to build an education system comparable to Singapore’s academic standard. A six month study is being undertaken in this regard after which a detailed mechanism would be developed to improve professional, technical and educational standards in Kuwait. The Kuwaiti government believes that Singaporean model of education has become a global gold standard in education. Therefore, investment in the training of teachers and administrators would be key to make the overall academic system a success.
In recent times, the education sector in Kuwait has attracted a lot of interest from private sector as well. Private companies are actively making acquisitions to create large education groups in the country. It has been reported that Kuwait’s United Education Company has acquired 82 percent stake in Al Rayan Holding, which operates six schools with over 10,500 students.