An Egyptian boy poses with a sign in front of anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square, the center of anti-government demonstrations, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Kuwait’s minister of education decided to revert the expulsion of Bassem, a ten-year-old Egyptian student residing and attending elementary school in Kuwait. Little Bassem was expelled from school for asking his teacher “Why didn’t you have a revolution in your country?”
The child’s father, a professor at Kuwait University, was shocked to hear the news of his son’s expulsion and the reason behind it. After receiving the news from his son, Bassem’s father went to the school to hear it for himself. The administration replied that he was expelled because he was “inciting a revolution in Kuwait.”
The father told the Kuwaiti Al-Ra’y newspaper that he had done all he could to convince the school to change the decision and that his son does not even understand the meaning of the word “revolution” and that he only picked it up from media channels, but to no avail.
After failing to convince the school, Bassem’s father went up the ranks, all the way to Minister of Education Ahmed El-Melify, where got a “no” to his appeal at each stop.
The minister of education has since relented and allowed Bassem to return to school and take his exam on Sunday.