By Mohammed Al A’ali (Video &Pictures: Hussain Almosawi)
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MORE than 140,000 students will return to public schools across the country today.
They will be welcomed by 18,000 faculty members and administrators, including 797 newly recruited teachers at 209 schools.
Four million books have already been distributed among public school students ahead of the new academic year, while 201,615 books were presented to private schools for mandatory subjects.
The Education Ministry – in collaboration with the Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Ministry – has also conducted maintenance on 192 schools, 25 out of which received a complete revamp.
“A total of 650 buses have been provided to transport around 37,000 students to and from schools as more than 140,000 students are expected to be back to school,” said Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi.
“Nine special buses will also be available to transport students with disabilities.
“We have developed our curricula with new books being added to subjects as we improve the level of education provided.
“Free books have also been distributed to students prior to the academic year in both the private and government sectors, with four million copies going to government students and 201,615 to private schools.”
He said the number of faculty members at government schools has been increased to cope with a rise in the number of students.
“We have 9,500 students graduating each year and around 12,000 replacing them annually in grade one and for that we hired 797 new teachers, while 462 existing ones have been promoted of the total 18,000 taskforce at schools,” he added.
Meanwhile, Works, Municipalities Affairs and Urban Planning Minister Essam Khalaf yesterday said that development work on Avenue 41 in the Educational District in Isa Town would begin today.
He said the project would ease traffic movement leading to and from Shaikh Salman Highway. It will include constructing a new road leading to Road 4103, which sees around 10,000 vehicles per day in both directions, with 2,000 per hour during peak hours.
“These improvement works will double the intake capacity of the road and increase traffic flow by 70 per cent,” said Mr Khalaf.
“This project is part of the government’s comprehensive programme of improvements in the Educational District, the first tranche commenced early last year and saw traffic directions amended and the road expanded between the ministries of Education and Information Affairs.
“These were followed by the opening of a new access inlet to the Educational District from Shaikh Salman Highway.”
The project will also connect December 16 Highway and Shaikh Salman Highway by expanding the street into a two-directional road, improving key intersections and expanding roundabouts.
The Educational District includes 10 schools, Bahrain University’s Isa Town campus and government buildings.