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‘MoE list for promotion contains names of retired, deceased staff’ Officials compelled to contact MoF about error

 KUWAIT CITY, April 23: Ministry of Education is in a mess due to serious error found in the list containing the names of about 7,000 employees who are due for promotion by selection because no thorough review of the list was done, which led to the inclusion of deceased staff and many others who retired years ago, reports Al-Qabas daily. A source was quoted as saying the Minister of Education and Higher Education Ahmad Al- Mulaifi had assigned collation of the list to the Administrative Affairs Department, which was given an ultimatum to complete the process before the end of March.

He explained that head of the sector went on vacation all of a sudden, so the Minister of Health Dr Ali Al-Obaidi who served in his place signed the decision, while the list was not fully ready. He explained the issue became more complicated when the Director of Human Resources also traveled on holiday with the approval of Assistant Undersecretary for Administrative Affairs Yousef Al-Mazroui. “There were speculations the director may have traveled to avoid compiling the list and the matter paved way for the scandalous error”. He observed “it was not the first time the director was acting the same way, because he had taken a vacation in a similar manner when he was supposed to oversee compilation of the list of names of employees for retirement after they had served for over 35 years”. He added the End of Service Department also shares the blame, because the employees there had failed to remove the names of the retired employees on the pretext that Civil Service Commission did not delete those names.

Meanwhile, inability of the sector to draft a comprehensive list has led to frustration, concern and difficulty in finding the right solution out of the logjam. The main problem is with the budget for employees promoted at various levels, as the error has created a situation wherein 700 additional names have been included in the list, he noted. He reiterated the officials were compelled to contact and notify the Ministry of Finance about the error, and the latter in return forwarded the notice to Civil Service Commission under whose jurisdiction the promotion falls.

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