Kuwait — All Kuwaiti students forced to move out of forest fire-affected areas in the state of California, have returned to their schools following the forest fires being brought under control, a Kuwaiti official told KUNA on Friday. The students, numbering 32 and attending the University of California in Northridge, are safe and sound, undersecretary of the ministry of Higher Education Rasha al-Sabah said, emphasizing that all expenses incurred in the moving of the students out of their locations to distant lodgings would be picked up by the ministry.
The status of all Kuwaiti students studying in California or elsewhere in the US is constantly being monitored and cared for by officials of Kuwaits educational bureaus in that country, she assured. It was last Tuesday when she ordered that the 32 Kuwaiti students in Northridge be moved to safer grounds due to the approaching forest fires. Two major forest fires, known as the Marek and Sesnon blazes, have burned over 15,000 acres in the hills and mountains of Los Angeles, prompting local authorities to order the evacuation of at least 1,200 residents as hot desert gusts known as the Santa Ana winds stormed southern California, including the town of Northridge.
On a different note, she said the ministry of Higher Education was planning to host next Sunday a meeting with an Egyptian education delegation to discuss a number of education-related issues, including the temporary halt in registering Kuwaiti students in Egyptian institutions of higher learning.