ASKR is back from a 15 month sabbatical to ask you one question: What is going on?
We know that the pandemic has hit Kuwait particularly hard. This is not unexpected simply due to the way that Kuwait is structured: Kuwait consists of approximately 1 million Kuwaitis and 3 million foreign expats. Kuwaitis tend to live in a more spread out suburban environment, but many expats live in more densely populated areas that make transmission of a virus like Covid-19 easier.
We know that, whatever the cause, private education has been hit extremely hard in Kuwait. We know that the government has mandated tuition cuts between 20% and 30% (we have heard varying numbers). Enrollment is down.
We are not back to criticize. We hope to offer our forum as a bit of support. Tell us how you are doing. Are you in your home country, or are you riding out the storm still in Kuwait? Will you be remaining in international education this year, returning home temporarily, or perhaps even leaving international education altogether?
Whether you are at ASK now or have moved on to other schools (we want to hear from everybody – no need to name the school you are at) – has your school taken care of you? What kinds of things have your administration done to provide support, levity, or even some socially-distanced socialisation?
Comment below and tell us how you’re doing. We’ll be posting on a regular basis in the coming weeks with news articles and information about how schools around the world are handling the pandemic. Let’s all try to support one another with positivity and the presumption of positive intentions during this difficult time.