Having been employed in an international school when I first came here in Kuwait a few years ago, I would like to share some of my experiences with Kuwaiti education.
Background from sources that I have read
During pre-oil days in the early 1900s, Kuwaiti education was basically given by Quran Schools that offered basic education through religious instruction. Most children of simple Kuwait families were educated in this system while those from affluent families, were sent abroad to study. Some merchants who wanted their children to receive further schooling but do not like the idea of studying overseas, opened few private schools like Mubarakiyyah School in 1911 and Ahmadiyyah School in 1921.
The Education Council was established in the 1930s by the merchants to include new primary schools and upon the start of oil revenues in the 1950s, the government soon took over the growing education system and pursued to invest more in human resources.
So by 1993, Kuwait’s population was highly educated compared to its neighbors in the region and since then followed the same structure; Primary Education 6 to 10 years old; Intermediate Education 10 to 14 years old and General Secondary 14 to 18 years old.