Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pinoy school fights closure order in Kuwait

A Filipino school in Kuwait which has been handed down with a notice to vacate its current location chose to continue its operations beyond the given deadline, a report on Kuwait Times said Thursday.
The New Kuwait-Philippines International School (NKPIS), which caters mostly to children of OFWs, told Kuwait Times that its management is duly addressing the notice given to it by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
It explained that the notice was in connection with an old issue between the school owner and the MOE private and qualitative sector regarding its Jleeb Al Shukyoukh address.
"The school owner and its management have been initiating proper and legal procedures for the continuity of its quality education to children of Overseas Filipino Workers and some other nationalities in as much as its senior high school program (Grade 11 and 12) with four strands has just been approved and granted a provisional government permit by the Department of Education, Philippines," NKPIS stated in the report.
School principal Dr. Jesusa Cristina V. Puno clarified that the school is not facing legal problems related to academics.
"It is merely about the place we are currently occupying," the report quoted her as saying. "As the principal of the school, I am not in a position to face the legal battle – it is all in the hands of the owner."
Abdullah Al-Basri, general manager of the MOE's Administration for Private Education, said school premises may be repossessed "at any time."
separate report in Kuwait Times said the MOE gave NKPIS until April to operate and noted that it published three separate notices informing the public of the school's need to vacate.
A notice on January 12, 2015 also advised parents to transfer their children out of the school after MOE banned the Filipino school from re-enrolling students for the 2015-2016 academic year. Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News

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