Bahrain's Shura Council plan to amend key education laws

Amendments mainly include strict rules and regulations concerning collection of amounts other than tuition fees and setting a minimum wage for Bahrainis

  
Photo used for illustrative purpose. Members of parliament are seen during a closed door session during weekly parliament session in Manama.

Photo used for illustrative purpose. Members of parliament are seen during a closed door session during weekly parliament session in Manama.

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A proposal is being drawn up to amend private educational and training institutions law and private universities law, said Shura Council services committee chairwoman Dr Jihad Al Fadhel.

It aims to address legislative loopholes, which caused a large number of parents of students at private schools and universities to suffer, taking advantage of the government’s economic stimulus package.

Several private educational establishments, mainly seeking profits, have created numerous problems.

They charged parents unreasonable amounts to offset losses ignoring the government’s financing of Bahraini private sector employees’ salaries and exemptions from paying electricity and water bills for three months, she told our sister paper Akhbar Al Khaleej.

“Amendments mainly include strict rules and regulations concerning collection of amounts other than tuition fees and setting a minimum wage for Bahrainis working in kindergartens and private schools and universities,” she added.

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