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MoE to distribute teachers to various schools evenly PAAET to grant increment to masters, doctorate degree holders

KUWAIT CITY, July 13: Officials of the Coordination and Follow-up Department at the Ministry of Education have redistributed teachers to various schools in a bid to guarantee even distribution without disparity and to prevent a situation wherein one school has excessive number of teachers while others have shortage, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

According to Director of the department Roumi Al-Hazza, the officials have been working hard to prepare everything for the 2014/2015 academic year. He said the priority now is to provide the necessary teaching staff as discussed in meetings between educational districts from June 8-11 during which the proposed budgets for teachers were presented. She revealed the total number of teachers in public schools is 60,000 and there is a need to prepare these teachers very well to yield the desired results.

She confirmed the officials have started preparing decisions for transfer and secondment of teachers and supervisors in different educational stages. She said the redistribution of teachers is necessary to correct previous mistakes. She added she is personally following up the distribution process to ensure fairness and address problems in this regard. She went on to say the department has been interviewing senior officials in educational districts; as well as sport instructors for kindergarten, elementary, intermediate and secondary schools, to discuss with them the budget for supervisory positions in each school. She added the department will soon issue about 700 decisions to promote instructors, school managers, assistant managers and heads of departments. She said the officials have been holding meetings with managers of religious institutes and directors of academic affairs in educational districts to deliberate over budgets for teachers in each of the schools.

Meanwhile, Director General of Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) Ahmad Al-Athari has announced that the PAAET board has agreed to grant KD200 salary increment to those who hold masters degree and KD400 for those who have doctorate degrees in line with regulations and conditions set by the Civil Service Commission (CSC), reports Al-Rai daily. He added the board s also approved the byelaw on student behavior to regulate the activities of students; particularly the elections, spread of violence and other important issues. In another development, Head of Parliamentary Manpower Development Committee MP Yacoub Al-Sane said the committee has prepared a comprehensive roadmap for the strategic alternative, adding this roadmap will not stop at unifying the salaries of employees as it will also include groups and new bases to uphold the principle of justice. He disclosed the committee has presented the study on which the roadmap of strategic alternative is based, indicating that in Tuesday’s meeting with the government, they will present ideas in this regard. He added the study is also aimed at eliminating discrepancies in salaries and a comprehensive review on the benefits of retirees as part of the organization.

The study also stressed the necessity to lay down regulations for supervisory and other top positions, considering the comprehensive alternative is not limited to unifying salaries. The lawmaker went on to say the study has adopted the policy of replacing expatriate personnel with Kuwaitis, asserting the strategic alternative is the result of better coordination between the concerned authorities.

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