Education in Kuwait
I've been doing some research into Kuwaiti social services before and after oil, and I came accross this passage about the government school system.
I'd be interested to receive some feedback from you all, because from what I know and heard about government schools, some of the stuff written sounds rather idealistic, and might have had been true at some point in history but not anymore. Or is it??
Education was one of the earliest priorities in the oil era (in Kuwait). In the early 1950s the government embarked on a large-scale education project involving school construction and the hiring of new teachers. In 1965 school was made compulsory for Kuwaitis to age fourteen. In the 1960s the government introduced a major adult literacy program. Consequently, the school population and level of education rose quickly. The government also developed higher education, primarily through the establishment of Kuwait University in 1966. Today (the book was published in 1992) Kuwait has one of the best school systems in the region and one of the highest literacy and educational rates as well. Free education for school children include books, uniforms, meals, transportation, and even a parental allowance. The system is well-funded, modern, and comprehensive. At the university, free education includes not only tuition but also dormitories, meals, and such perks as free sportswear, transportation, and field trips. The government also sends students abroad on state fellowships.