KUWAIT: Head of the Kuwait Structural Plan at the Municipal Council Ali Al-Moussa said that housing is a top priority issue for all the council members. Moussa added the council members had held several meetings with the municipality’s executive body and other relevant authorities to find enough land to be used in building new cities and end the waiting lists at the housing welfare authority. Moussa added that the total number of housing units needed until 2030 would be 311,000, which calls for providing more land.
The parliament’s financial affairs committee is scheduled to meet this morning to discuss the Kuwait Airways issue after the resignation of chairperson Rasha Al-Roumi and the appointment of a new board of directors. The committee will also discuss what has been said about administrative and financial violations. The meeting, which will be attended by Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Hind Al-Sabeeh, will also discuss the government’s opinion on turning Kuwait Airways into a shareholding company. Notably, much has been said about privatizing Kuwait Airways, since many MPs insist on keeping Kuwait Airways public or mandating the government to purchase the majority of its shares if it has to be privatized.
Meanwhile, the parliament’s legislation committee is scheduled to discuss a bill suggesting a full pardon for crimes of expression committed for political reasons concerning domestic matters. The committee is also scheduled to discuss decree number 297/2015 on referring a bill to amend article 11 of law number 40/1972 pertaining contests and cassations. In addition, the committee will discuss proposed bills on amending law number 2/2016 pertaining the anti-corruption authority, adding a new article to law number 16/1960 pertaining penal laws and many others.
The Ministry of Education (MoE) is currently studying a proposal by Kuwait Teachers Association to reschedule the summer vacation for secondary school staff. Accordingly, Minister Mohammed Al-Fares asked MoE’s relevant bodies to study the proposal, which suggested starting the summer vacation on June 22 instead of on July 3 for teaching staff members and instead of July 6 for school directors. The proposal also includes sitting for secondary stage final exams in the period of May 10-22, to declare the school leaving exam results on May 24 instead of May 29 and to start the second session exams on June 7 instead of June 12.
In a different concern, and after a roof collapsed there, MoE plans to close down the religious institute building in Fahaheel and distribute its students and staff members to nearby schools. In this regard, MoE assistant undersecretary for facilities and planning Khaled Al-Rasheed said MoE is waiting for the Ministry of Public Works’ final report about the building.
By A Saleh, Staff Writer