Kuwait’s government plans to offer financial incentives for teachers who use the latest technology, including social networking websites, to communicate better with students.
The country’s ministry of education has proposed a new point-based system to offer cash to “good teachers.” One of the points encourages teachers to use emails, blogs, Facebook and Twitter to communicate with students.
“The teacher should be able to use the technology to communicate with students, parents and the society,” Muna Al Lughani, assistant undersecretary for public education at the Kuwaiti ministry of education, told Gulf News. “We are working on introducing technology in education,” she said.
The new proposal needs parliamentary approval to be applied before the start of 1011/2012 school year.
The proposed measure, if adopted, will be applied to 37,000 teachers in public schools, which cater to 350,000 students, according to Gulf News.
However, critics have doubted the proposed system.
“There are teachers who are against the idea totally. People say there are employees at the ministry of education itself who are not familiar with the internet,” said Nawaf Nayef, a journalist