Hawalli, Kuwait

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Sep 24, 2021

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Hawalli, Kuwait: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What are the schools in Hawalli like?

"ARE YOU INSANE?! This is the worst school ever, students hate the administration. As the students say, the owner of the school is worse than QADDAFI! GENERAL," said another parent with children at Rawd Al Saleheen in Hawalli.

"I honestly wouldn't send my worst enemy to this school, unless you want them to learn nothing, apart from very bad manners, oh and how to swear in Arabic," commented one expat when asked about Cambridge English School in Hawalli.

"Do not enrol your child at this school. They will not learn anything apart from bad manners, Arabic swear words and behaviour that's fitting to a zoo. From what I can tell, the teachers try their best to control the class but management refuses to remove difficult students or I guess punish them effectively. It really struck me as unnecessary when the Australian head of primary shouted at another parent in the lobby about the parent not following the qu'ran. Who is he to say that? I kept wanting to measure up the best teacher for her but every year the teachers changed. She's at Kuwait English School now, which is a better school. British School of Kuwait and The English School also seem much better choices," explained one expat in Hawalli, Kuwait with kids at Cambridge English School Kuwait.

"If you are rich enough, might as well go to another country. I heard this was the best private school in Kuwait and it's worst than the public school in the panhandle of Florida. 4000 something for this education, no thanks. A lot of bad teachers that just give a lot of work with no point. Nothing learned, nothing gained. Oh and did I mention how much drugs are around. That's my experience, as bad as it gets. I have started to hate school so much I can't explain it," wrote an expat living in Hawalli with children attending The American school of Kuwait.

"Go elsewhere. Re a previous post ( obviously written by the OUTGOING principal ) : ' What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school? This is not the best school in Kuwait but they are providing a good education to the majority of students. There has been some malicious gossip about this school in the past but the senior management team ARE well qualified (with genuine earned qualifications)and are trying to lead the school in a new direction which should give some good results ' Head of KG- not qualified Dep head of KG- not qualified Head of KS 1- not qualified Head of ESL- not qualified Head of Primary- mmmmm Head of Secondary- gone due to non ministry approval Head of School- leaving I believe ( why?)," said one commented one expat when asked about Cambridge english School in Hawalli.

"I have found it to be very good and don't quite understand the other negative comments. No school is perfect. The teachers are actually very qualified as well as most assistants. The school is very strict about uniform as well as lateness, absenteeism and security. They call you if you don't come! At least that shows they are mindful of the childs safety, appearance and education. If you are willing to be a very active parent in your childs education then go for it," mentioned one expat living in Hawalli, Kuwait.

About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000. Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Some of Joshua's more popular articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 8 Best Places to Live in Croatia and the Living in Mexico Guide. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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