Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Private schools in Kuwait Failing

Performance Of 47 Pct Of Foreign Schools Extremely Poor: Report

‘Most Schools Only Satisfy Proprietors Wishes In Reaping Profits’

KUWAIT CITY, April 20: A report prepared by a British team contracted by the Ministry of Education about a year ago to evaluate performance of private schools revealed that the performance of 47 percent of foreign and bilingual schools in the country is extremely poor and a failure.

According to the report, most of these schools only satisfy wishes of the proprietors in reaping profits quickly which they prioritize over necessary educational activities. It states these schools which often claim to be academically excellent have very poor performance and 88 percent of bilingual schools are rated as such.

In addition, 65 percent of schools which follow British curriculum are unacceptable and 50 percent of those following the American curriculum were rated not satisfactory.

The report disclosed bilingual schools are not supposed to be called as such because they are using two totally different curricula, so they cannot train students to the level of desired excellence. It added these schools lack proper administrative leadership and some of the teachers do not have the required experience and competency to implement the curriculum appropriately.

It's about time this came to light, as a parent I already know what goes on in the British schools. I've watched countless children repeating the IGCSE after their parents already paid 700 KD for them to take the tests. The parents have to turn around and pay another year of tuition and another 700 KD for the tests. From what I've been told the tests don't include the work the kids had been taught for the past 2 years making it virtually impossible to pass.

In the British schools they get a certificate but when they want to use their transcripts they can't because they have failed. Some families can't afford to turn around and pay more money so their children are left with what? My friend who is British is paranoid of it happening to her daughter so she finally put her daughter into a bilingual American school to avoid failure but the American schools are more than a thousand KD more than British.

The teachers also make money by tutoring the kids during the IGSCE study period before exams, what exactly is the use of going to school if they aren't learning what they should and they need a tutor. How lucky we are that the 2015/2016 school year tuition will not be increased but the following year the door is open. It's all about money for the owner who may or may not be providing teachers their residencies, housing and transportation.


  1. I would like to point out that this particular editorial on Private Schools in Kuwait is completely unfair as it paints all Private Schools with the same brush. I would like to point out that many Private Schools have not failed this evaluation. I would also like to point out that the company hired by the Ministry to evaluate the schools a year ago had been given no criteria under which the evaluations were undertaken. I can personally tell you that the evaluation undertaken a year ago would not be supported by International Standards and producing a vague report without specific information adds up to unsubstantiated gossip!
    There are many good Private Schools in Kuwait and they should not be tarred by innuendo and gossip!

  2. I don't know about the first commenter...but as a former teacher in a a couple of bilingual (British curriculum) schools, I have experienced some first-hand negativity on the part of the schools. The article seems legitimate; schools are focused on profits and putting on a nice face for the public. It's a pony show.

  3. Again, the second commenter is making generalizations! The commenter stated they were teaching at a Billingual school following the British Curriculum. I am aware of no bilingual school in Kuwait who are accredited to teach the British Curriculum. Yes, schools have a profit driven criteria...its a business and in order to provide better resources and teaching the school cannot run at a loss! I must point out again that this leaked report only provides innuendo and gossip and cannot be connected to all schools or even any particular school.


Comments are welcome! Personal attacks are not. Thanks!