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MP criticizes govt for silence over ISIL ‘arrests’
September 25, 2014, 8:54 am

MP Faisal Al- Duwaisan has criticized the government for remaining silent over the alleged arrest of numerous members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Kuwait.He warned the fact that the government has neither confirmed nor denied the allegation could lead to dangerous consequences.

He urged the government to issue a statement to assure the Kuwaiti public that everything is under control and there is no threat to the nation’s security. In a related development, MP Yousef Al- Zalzalah wondered why the government allowed some faculty members at Kuwait University to continue teaching even if their names are on the terrorist list.

This came after the Security Council announced inclusion of some persons on the list like Shafi Al-Ajmi — a Kuwaiti. The lawmaker asked, “Do these educators continue to pollute our children’s minds, such that the university produces new members of al-Qaeda? Will the government lose sight of certain courses at the university and others aimed at feeding minds with hatred and hostile ideologies?”

Meanwhile, several lawmakers have commended the decision of Minister of Commerce and acting Minister of Education and Higher Education Abdul Mohsen Al-Mudej to allow children of Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis, Bedoun military personnel and retirees to enroll in public schools starting from next year.

They also urged the minister to issue another decision to allow Bedouns to study in Kuwait University and Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET). MP Abdullah Al-Tamimi stressed the importance of the decision taken by the Council of Undersecretaries in the Ministry of Education, headed by Al- Modej. He said this is a step in the right direction which should have been taken a long time ago but it is better late than never.

He called for the inclusion of Bedoun students who hold security card and birth certificates to ease the financial burdens of their families. He added Kuwait has been declared as international humanitarian center and HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Jaber Al-Sabah as the ‘Humanitarian Leader’; hence, the need for local authorities to focus on the humanitarian aspect in taking decisions to protect the good reputation of the country.

He asserted the Education Ministry is required, more than ever, to monitor private schools which have become trading centers rather than educational institutions, considering the high fees and poor quality of facilities. He asked the ministry not to renew the licenses of schools proven to have violated the law.

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