Kuwait’s education market is in its growth stage. Transforms and overhauls brought in the complete education curriculum through government interventions & subsidies extended has been a foremost market aid the parameter. The two foremost organizations that oversee the functions of this sector across Kuwait are the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Higher Education. The education market in Kuwait has accounted a revenue growth close to close to 6% throughout 2012-2017. The Ministry of Education allocated KWD 2 billion during the 2016 annual budget for Kuwait’s K-12 education sector. This is in line with its Integrated Education Reform Program (2011-2019) and the School Education Quality Improvement Project which are pitched towards developing curriculum, enhancing the learning outcomes, motivating efficient teaching and refining the proficiency of education.
According to the report analysis, ‘Kuwait Education Market Outlook to 2022 – by K-12 Education, Higher Education, E-Learning, Vocational Training, Teacher Training, Private Tutor and Test-Preparation Education Market’ states that there are only two teacher training institutes across Kuwait, called KU and PAAET which offer training free of cost, even to non-Kuwaitis students. These institutions are overtly owned with no private institutions proposing this service across the country. The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) is accountable for the accreditation and regulation procedure of teachers in Kuwait. The steady growth of the student population and augmenting the competition between students performs as growth drivers in the teacher training market. However, budget cuts and speedy changes in the body of knowledge in all subjects can pose as challenges to the growth of market.
Internet Penetration in Kuwait was at close to 80% in 2016, resulting in an augmenting market for e-learning services. There are a few technological concerns such as low internet speeds and bandwidth constraints. Security concerns are also an imperative barrier to the e-learning implementation. The major E-Learning companies proposing the content in Kuwait entail Track Learning Solutions, British Council, Panacea Infotech, Global Learning and New Horizons Computer Learning Center. The future is promising owing to the swift augment in the number of internet users and mobile penetration across the country along with positive feedback from the augmenting the use of smart classes in K-12 schools and higher usage of online portals to read e-books.
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Furthermore, the government is trying to motivate the Kuwaitis to take up vocational courses to compete with expats in the country in serving several job profiles. Public VET is delivered by PAAET, Higher Institute for Theatrical Arts and Higher Institute for Music Arts, free of cost. There are some private VET institutes, commonly teaching programs from 4pm-10pm concerning skills such as web designing, office management and corporate training. The mainstream of private VET centers is positioned in Kuwait City or in the Hawalli Governate.
Kuwaitis have the high disposable income and are moving to the private schools owing to the higher educational worth and improved future prospects prevalent.
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