Deputy Prime Ministers, HH Shaikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and Shaikh Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa paid a visit to Minister of Education, Dr. Majid Bin Ali Al Nuaimi’s Ramadan Majles in presence of the member of the Moroccan Supreme Scientific Council, and President of University of Karaouine, Prof. Dr. Muhammad, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Wafi, a number of senior officials in the Kingdom, and diplomatic corps and business men.
HH Shaikh Ali Bin Khalifa Al Khalifa stressed the importance of Ramadan Majales in achieving communication and integration between the members of the Bahraini society to prevail love and cohesion, considering it a good occasion to address several issues of concern to the homeland and citizens, and maintaining such distinctive Bahraini relations.
Minister of Education highlighted that the construction programme of the ministry will witness a great progress during the next stage due to the unlimited support of the wise leadership for education. The minister said that the ministry could accommodate all students joining education with a rate of new 10.000 students at the primary level annually, in addition to the growing numbers of students who are enrolled in other levels when they move from private to public education.
The minister said that the number of educational institutions is currently 208 schools, and the net ratio absorption for the primary stage reached 100%.
The minister stressed that the educational construction movement copes with the qualitative development of school environment and responds to development programmes implemented by the ministry.
The minister also said that the new projects implemented by the ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Works for the next phase include the establishment of 17 projects that spread over the governorates of the Kingdom, including their needs of schools, academic buildings and multi-purpose auditoriums in line with the movement of population growth.
The minister highlighted that the educational construction goes according to a scheduled timetable which extends for several years, where the construction plan of the next academic year 2013/2014 includes the construction of Ghazi al-Qosaibi Girls Secondary School in Hamad Town with a cost of over three million, the plan also includes building an academic building and a multi-purpose Auditorium in Samaheej Boys Primary School with a cost of 500, 000 dinars.
With regard to the characteristics and advantages of the new school establishments, the minister said they are based on the vertical construction so as to benefit from the floor space in a better way that provides the educational service close to the residential areas of citizens.
The minister also said that they have taken into consideration providing space for the school activities, information technology education, training the teachers and improving the level of facilities, adding that the development also includes the school furniture, particularly on the level of students seats and desks in terms of their colour, quality and sustainability.
The minister answered a number of questions in regard of that issue, including the preparations for the ministry for the next academic year which witnesses the application of the programme of improving school time in a number of schools in the intermediate level, and the preparations of the ministry for the success of the experiment, after its success in applying it in the secondary schools.