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Educational Facilities in Kuwait



The State of Kuwait, being the head of the Persian Gulf, supports an educational policy that provides opportunity to all children, irrespective of their social class, including children with special needs. Kuwait was ranked 63rd on the Human Development Index ( HDI) report for 2011 by UNDP, placing Kuwait above the regional average. The education system in Kuwait has celebrated several achievements; in the year ending 2006.Nearly 13% of expenditure was done on education, comparable to many OECD countries, although lower than other Arab nations.

In  the year 2005, the literacy rate of Kuwait was just over 93 percent. Kuwait is striving to improve the quality of its education at all levels and for all ages. The Ministry of Education is also making efforts to incorporate women into the educated workforce through various programs; for instance, the 1989 initiative to establish daytime literacy clinics for women. The Kuwaiti government offers scholarships to students who are accepted in universities in foreign countries like United States, United Kingdom etc.

Today, Kuwait's education system has grown larger than ever. There are more than 500,000  students currently enrolled in Kuwaiti schools, constituting approximately 30 percent of the entire population.

All Schools, whether public or private, are regulated by the Ministry of Education (ME). The Kuwaiti educational system, after kindergarten, consists of elementary, intermediate and secondary levels, each of four years duration.

 Nursery & Kindergarten:

The Ministry of Education provides free kindergartens for Kuwaiti children between the ages of 4 and 6.

For expatriate children between 2-4 years, there are a large number of private nursery schools in kuwait. The better (and more expensive) ones are registered with the Private Education Department of the Ministry of Education. Fees for those with a good size and range of facilities can be more than 50KD a month per child.

Expatriates often organize their own informal playgroups, which are either at home or in the basements of the building. These are publicized mainly by local advertisements(eg: by distributing pamphlets) and tend to be transitory. Many schools for foreign children have kindergartens for children aged four to six.

Elementary, Intermediate & Secondary Education:

All foreign schools in Kuwait must be in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Private Education Department (PED) of the Ministry of education. The PED supervises the schools by overseeing staff qualifications and school facilities, and ensures compliance by regular inspections. The Ministry of education also regulates the school fees.

Private schools for non-Arabic children follow their home country curricula, such as American, British, French, German, Indian, Pakistani, etc, though all schools are also obliged to incorporate local cultural and language studies into their curricula; for eg: subjects like Arabic and Kuwait social studies are made compulsory for all the schools. Standards achieved compare favorably with those in the pupils’ home countries.

There are many Indian and other nationality schools in Kuwait for expatriates. They are distributed all over Kuwait covering most of the residential areas providing education upto 12th grade. Example:

· Indian Community school Kuwait(ICSK) having its branches in salmiya as well as in khaitan.

· Indian Public School(IPS) in salmiya.

· Jabriya Indian School in Jabriya.

· United Indian school in Abbasiya.

· Gulf Indian school in Fahaheel.

· Delhi Public School in Ahmadi. Etc.

Costs and the Academic Year:

Private Arabic schools receive some government support, such as land to build schools and free text books but very little assistance is provided for non-Arabic schools.

Fees for non-Arabic private schools is different for all the schools. Transport by bus to and from the school has to be paid extra. Normally the costs of text books and writing materials are not included in the fees, and additional fees are charged for sports and other extracurricular activities.

The academic year runs from late August or early September to mid-June. Expatriate schools usually have official holidays such as on the day of eid, for new year etc. as and when announced by the government. The school week is Sunday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday are the weekend holidays. The school day usually begins at 7:30am and finishes at 1:30pm, though these timings vary a bit between schools.

Higher  Education Institutions:

Kuwait is also getting rich in terms of educational institutions, having a variety of colleges and Universities for kuwaitis as well as for other expatriates to enroll themselves covering most of the subjects and cources of study.Example :


1. American University of Kuwait

2. American University of The Middle East

3. Arab Open University

4. Australian College of Kuwait

5. Box Hill College - Kuwait

6. Gulf University for Science and Technology

7. Kuwait Maastricht Business School

8. Kuwait University

9. Kuwait Asia University

Kuwait Informations

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