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Kuwait agrees to scrap segregation in education

Kuwaiti legislators agree to scrap law enforcing gender segregation at schools and universities

Kuwait agrees to scrap segregation in education
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A group of Kuwaiti legislators have agreed to scrap a law enforcing gender segregation at schools and universities, although males and females would still have to be separated within the same classroom.

The approved draft law was criticised by conservative Islamists as being “disrespectful”, while one MP said it was “moral corruption”.

Males and females have been forced to attend separate classes in schools and universities since 2000 after the segregation law was passed by an Islamist and conservative-dominated parliament in 1996 and initially implemented in Kuwait University.

The new Shadadiya University was forced to build entirely separate campuses for male and female students.

The MPs on Sunday said the segregation impacted on students’ education.

However, the draft law must first be passed by a majority of MPs and there was strong criticism among them on Sunday.

Islamist MP Khaled Al-Shulaimi said the move was “disrespectful” and declared he would not vote for it, according to Kuwait Times.

MP Faisal Al-Kandari, a member of the committee, said he voted against the draft law and would oppose it again if it was presented in the assembly.

Former MP Falah Al-Sawwagh accused those who support the bill of attempting to transfer “moral corruption” onto the society.

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RAH 6 years ago

Love how the future of the region looks uncertain due to Iran's growing influence and dark agenda.

How Syrian opposition are facing death and hardship while trying to fight their damn regime (Al Assad - may God kill him off).

Thousands of illegals are present in Kuwait causing social unrest and demographic imbalance.

Kuwaiti visa traders who brought these illegals in the first place are left to roam the streets counting the dollars they made bringing them in.

Domestic workers still with minimal right to even one day off a week to just leave their employer and go enjoy their time out.

Rising unemployment here with infrastructure projects put on hold while parliament and government do a face-off.

BUT.. segregation law takes priority on the agenda!! Amazing!!

Although I am pro- coed and anti segregation BUT come one people!! PRIORITIES!!