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MoE eyes pay hike for expats working as psychologists, sociologists Emergence of serious ‘behavioral’ disorder said seen among students

KUWAIT CITY, May 15: MP Nabeel Al-Fadhel indicated the emergence of a dangerous behavioral disorder among students particularly those of intermediate level, as they belittle one another based on sectarian issues, reports Al- Rai daily. He revealed that several parents have been complaining about this issue and demanding the administration to curb its spread.

MP Al-Fadhel suggested forming a permanent high committee with representatives from the Ministry of Education to handle the issue and find necessary solutions. The committee should form plans for spreading awareness about patriotism among the students and allot sanctions for banning such behavioral disorders that contribute to the division of the society.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Education is studying the possibility of increasing the salaries of non-Kuwaiti employees working as psychologists and sociologists because their financial allowances have not changed for many years and they do not receive accommodation allowances, reports Al-Shahed daily quoting informed sources. They explained that people specialized in the field are not keen on taking up such positions because of the salary, adding that the salary needs to be increased in par with the increasing cost of living.

They revealed that the Undersecretary of Ministry of Education Mariam Al-Wateed has shown keenness regarding this issue such that she requested the Administrative Affairs Department and Civil Service Commission to coordinate for studying this issue and approving the salary increment. In the meanwhile, Director of Hawally Educational Zone Anwar Al- Anjeri revealed that the principal of a primary school and her assistant have been transferred mandatorily due to aggravation of conflicts between them, reports Al-Rai daily. Al-Anjeri denied that the decision to transfer the school officials had anything to do with the video clip of a student of the school crying. He stressed that more than 30 complaints about the conflict between the principal and her assistant were lodged in the last three months, necessitating the department to intervene and transfer them from the school.

Meanwhile, the Board Chairperson of Kuwait Human Rights Society (KHRS) and member of the Arab Network for Expatriates Khalid Al- Ajmi said the recent incident in which two workers died at a project in Shadadiya University should not be brought to a close with the resignation of a minister, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily. He added the company in charge of implementing the project should be investigated on suspicions of negligence in the application of safety and security procedures. He pointed out that death among laborers at government’s projects is repeated, and the recent incident is the second in less than five months.

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