KUWAIT CITY, Sept 13: As the start of the new academic year which is scheduled for Oct 4 – the date set by the Ministry of Education in consideration of the expatriate teachers who are stranded in their countries to stop the payment of their salaries – is fast approaching; acting Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Development and Student Activities Sector Faisal Al-Maqsid confirmed that the number of these teachers does not exceed 1,000 and their absence will not significantly affect the educational process, reports Al- Jarida daily.
Al-Maqsid told the daily that the ministry looked into the specializations of these teachers and tried to limit their number, considering the decision to start the new academic year in October through distance education. He affirmed the virtual education mechanism and plans for teaching through the available educational staff guarantee the progress of the educational process. He added the concerned ministry officials are coordinating with the relevant committee regarding the implementation of health measures and regulations to curb the spread of coronavirus.
He also clarified that the decision on the return of stranded teachers lies in the hands of the health authorities.