Kuwait City: Kuwait has given the green light for the return of non-Kuwaiti students to appear for their in-person exams. The decision applies to students who are in grade 12 and are required to sit in for their second round of exams.
The Ministry of Education is coordinating with the Ministry of Interior and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to falicitate the return of stranded students by July 4, local media reported.
A month ago, the Ministry of Education requested that the government allow students stranded abroad so that they can take the exams in person. Then on June 7, the COVID-19 emergency committee at the Ministry of Health held a meeting where they reviewed the specifics of the request.
The request was made as non-Kuwaitis are barred from entering Kuwait until August 1. The six-month travel ban meant that several residents were stuck outside of the coun-try unable to return.
There has been a public debate for the past month over in-person exams for students. Several students and parents argued that it is unsafe for children to sit for in-person exams amidst a health crisis.
Both private schools and public schools sat in for in person exams, with which school dictating which grade is required to take the test in person.
On Tuesday, the Ministry of Education said that more than 10,000 students did not at-tend the in person exams.