Ay Education Ay Ba6eekh!

MP Alsarawi got my attention with his questioning Education minister, but reading through his questions I realized that none were concerning education, and all were technical issues concerning the ministry’s conduct with their budgets, as if this is the only problem that we are facing with Education ministry. As if we do not have almost the highest rate of failure among student in grade schools. Where are your questions about the ones who are responsible for lousy curriculums? Where are your questions concerning education subjects and their contents? Where are your questions concerning the qualifications of the teaching staff? Where are your questions about the research strategy of which most are done by outside offices and not by student’s personal efforts? Where are your questions about private courses, which are so shamelessly used by teachers to make an extra buck? Where are your questions concerning student public transportation to schools?
Oh, well, I guess MP Alsarawi is the wrong guy to expect such questions from, then whom should we turn to when our education system is deteriorating by the day?

I can see from the title that those questions are submitted on stages, so will he submit more serious questions concerning generations of the outcome of the educational system on a later stage? I doubt it.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. NTT
    Dec 17, 2006 @ 08:53:57

    There are so many questions that should be directed to the MOE.. Will we ever get answers?? I highly doubt it.

    It’s not just about the curriculums or the quality of staff.. it’s more than that.. The whole educational system is based on a weak foundation that is deteriorating and causing all these issues you mentioned in your post. In order to have a better educational system there has to be a wave of reform.. or rather starting all over again.. Good planning with effective strategies that set progressive standards to our education system. Also a reform to the teaching techniques and moving to a more progressive approach which most countries are heading to while we.. what can I say.. while we are moving backwards year by year.. Where is the money that’s being spent on education going? What are employees in the MOE doing everyday.. don’t they care about their children?? can’t they see what our children are going through day by day… It’s so sad and depressing to know that a rich country like ours can’t even provide a valuable education.. Most countries emphasize on Education and Health as their first priorities while our first priority is to worry about segregation (which is the most ridiculous thing ever happened in Kuwait), restrictions on music concerts, and aspects that should not be controlled by MP’s or the government more than the parents and families…

    Sometimes I do wonder if Kuwait will ever be like what it was back in the 70’s.. By being an optimistic person I try to convince myself that it will, but unfortunately I don’t see it happening anytime soon 😦


  2. AyyA
    Dec 17, 2006 @ 09:19:07

    I totally agree with you; the education system needs a reshuffling and a reengineering process. But at least you’d expect, as a starting point, that the questions an MP would ask should be of more substance and directed to reform, to the benefit of the new generation, education is not something that we could take lightly, the whole country’s future depends on it. Parents have to speak up.
    I can see how advanced the US is getting compared to the time I was here back in the eighties and it really hurts to see that while others are advancing we are going backwards and regretting the golden old seventies. When will this wave of regression stop? Why are we Kuwaitis becoming so passive?


  3. NTT
    Dec 17, 2006 @ 09:48:06

    I think you hit a good point.. “parents should speak up”.. why is this not happening?? maybe there isn’t enough awareness? or maybe parents are way too busy with their social/political life that they are not realizing how this generation is not recieving a good and decent education? I’m not quite sure to be honest..

    I’m glad you brought this issue up as it is a very important one and as you mentioned the whole country’s future depends on it. I’m currently working on a research on a topic along the lines of this issue, and the more literature I read and the more classrooms I observe in the U.S I just feel so disappointed about the current educational system in q8. I feel that there is a wide gap between us and other countries that sometimes I get the feeling of giving up and not pursuing this field.. but a day later I gain my conscience back and feel positiive about what I’m doing.. or at least I try to keep myself going and hoping that one day things are going to change to the better.


  4. kila_ma6goog
    Dec 17, 2006 @ 15:50:35

    انا شخصيا من محبين الصرعاوي من ايام نبيها كمسة

    بس تمنيت لو حطيتي كم سؤال من اللي سألهم عشان نحكم؟ و لو ان المتوقع ان تكون اسئلة سخيفة حاله من حال معظم النواب

    مثل ما قلت مرة عند زيدون , مشكلتنا ان اللي يربي مو متربي



  5. Luloo
    Dec 17, 2006 @ 21:19:23

    الحديث عن التعليم في الكويت حديث ذو شجون

    أؤيدك تماما ..ما لم نعتمد على الفنون والآداب الليبرالية الحرة ونبتعد عن التعليم الديني التلقيني ليتحول إلى تعليم مدني يحفز على التفكير النقدي الحر لن نتقدم قيد أنملة


  6. q80_demon
    Dec 18, 2006 @ 03:13:57

    As always, a great topic AyyA. And yes, Luloo, a thriving educational system should be devoid of myths.
    I’m posting a series of pictures of Kuwaiti students from yester-decades: can you see a difference between them and todays students?


  7. AyyA
    Dec 18, 2006 @ 09:06:51

    I don’t think parents being busy is the reason. I think not knowing their rights to demand proper education for their kids is more of a reason. Numbness and acceptance is becoming our trait unfortunately. And please do continue in your research, we are in desperate need for such a research, moreover we are in desperate need to educate others of their rights; any contribution, especially from experts in the field is a big step, you should never get disappointed nor quit what you are doing, all this someday will bear fruit, even if that seems impossible, we have to believe in it.

    The link shows the article dear, please click on it.

    Sweet Luloo
    Wain elnas elli tifham? Every time I think about the future of this country I get sick. And I always keep thinking, how long do we have to go in the deep well until we realize what damage has been done? It’s really sad, but we should never give up, once we do that, then 3ala elkuwait elsalam.

    Those pictures brought tears to my eyes 😦


  8. q80_demon
    Dec 19, 2006 @ 02:26:43

    AyyA: in that case I just posted another picture
    to bring more tears to your eyes :-/ No seriously, those (then) young men returned back to Kuwait and became leaders, doctors, lawyers, engineers, writers, businessmen,… and some of them remain active to this day. They made the thriving Kuwait of the 60s and 70s. But I have a simple question: in the photographs can you spot a single individual who belongs to those who abhor the use of shaving razors?


  9. AyyA
    Dec 19, 2006 @ 08:25:15

    akh ya galbi


  10. AyyA
    Dec 19, 2006 @ 08:27:48

    And as an answer to your question: not a single one


  11. q80demon
    Dec 19, 2006 @ 12:37:49

    Exactly! Now the young men in those days who left Kuwait in pursuit of knowledge, were they corrupt or decadent? When they returned back home they participated in what everyone agrees was a golden age for Kuwait in terms of political maturity and clarity of vision in the direction our young country was taking in those days. True, there were problems – there is no such thing as a utopian reality – but nothing in comparison to what we have today in terms of lack of leaderships and initiatives, juvenile expressions of guidance or the enormous amount of corruption our society has become immersed in.
    Check this smiple observation as another empirical data point for the proportionality between the dominance of the myth-mongers and the increase of corruption and ignorance in our country.


  12. شرقاوي
    Dec 19, 2006 @ 18:35:09


    With regard to the recent two photos on Q_80 Demon’s Blog:

    When most of the first group returned to Kuwait, the wall surrounding the city was still erect.

    When the second group left Kuwait, it was only 5 years before that this wall was demolished.

    In other word, both groups have lived in a closed, conservative society. So closed, that there was a wall around it, whose gates are shut after sunset.

    Yet, the minds of most of the inhabitants in those days was more open.

    And there is hope in the new generations.

    ما أضيق العيش
    لولا فسحة الأمل
    (مؤيد الدين الطغرائي)


  13. AyyA
    Dec 20, 2006 @ 00:58:30

    The difference between those day and our time, is that our grandfathers appreciated the power of knowledge, and as my dad said; the learned individuals were regarded very highly to the point of calling them; khereej, even if they did not carry a university degree. Their words were listened to and appreciated. Unlike our time; where the beardos are misinterpreting everything with lies and deceptions. Taking control over every vital aspects of our lives, shedding information, or trying to, misleading the young minds with directed education, which is based on fables and not facts. The society as a whole is getting estranged from its identity. And we Kuwaitis are peace-loving individuals who are just going with the flow. But mind you; everything in life goes in circles, this miserable situation will get worse by the day until it explodes, then things would take a turn, this is my belief. But when will this day come, we just have to wait and see.

    Buildings never posed obstacles. Mentalities, on the other hand, always have. Conservativeness of the mind was never our trait. Thanks for sharing this information here and at DA’s blog. How desperate we are for knowledge of our past.


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