More than two decades have elapsed since Kuwait's second educational boom, set in motion by the late Amir His Highness Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah on August 24, 1991, after a technological wave buttressed education in the country.
After schools shut down and learning stopped for a year as a result of the invasion of 1990, Sheikh Jaber felt that it was crucial for students to get back to school and for the country to not only resume normalcy, but to progress.
Moreover, this educational boom in Kuwait was based on reforming the educational curriculum, modernizing programs and integrating technology through meticulously planned development programs. Speaking to KUNA on Tuesday, Kuwaiti Minister of Higher Education Dr. Bader Al-Essa said that there was tangible development in the quality of education during those years, as the pupils themselves were the core of the educational system.
Furthermore, teachers were no longer merely lecturers as they interacted with students in ways that enabled them to hone their skills and pinpoint their interests, Al-Essa noted, adding that varied and renowned curriculums remedied any flaws in the quality of education.
Meanwhile, Al-Essa pointed to a significant difference in the quality of education prior to and after the invasion, noting that in the 1960s and 1970s, those who were literate were far outnumbered by the illiterate, as the level of technology then was rudimentary at best.
Speaking on the period post the invasion, Al-Essa said that education witnessed a resurgence as the Ministry of Education sought to acquire the services of the most adept and qualified teachers, while the educational curriculum was overhauled to ensure much needed progress.
In addition, Al-Essa listed the students, teachers, curriuculum, evaluation and ideology as the five most vital factors that contribute to the development of education, as he underscored that the ministry has begun to take all those points into account in its quest to ensure top-notch education.
The Ministry of Education's Undersecretary of Research and Curriculums Dr. Saud Al-Harbi told KUNA that education is one of the tenets of human rights, adding that the level of compulsory education was enhanced due to this educational boom.
Al-Harbi also noted that the introduction of a compulsory education law plunged illiteracy rates in the country to an all-time low, as he foreboded that plans to incorporate electronic education (e-education) and new programs would propel the development of education to new levels.