Sunday , September 23 2018

‘Budget allocated for Ministry of Education in fiscal ’18/19 not enough’ – ‘Salaries consume major part’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 10: Ministry of Finance has allotted budget of KD 2.2 billion (about $ 7.2 billion) to the Ministry of Education for fiscal year 2018/2019, says acting Assistant Undersecretary for Financial Affairs in the Ministry of Education Yusuf Al-Najjar, reports Al- Rai daily.

Al-Najjar explained the allocation is not enough amid deficit in some items and the sector has already notified the Ministry of Finance about it. He maintained the needs of financial sector in the Ministry of Education go beyond what is stated by the Ministry of Finance, especially on the first item concerning salaries that requires a huge allocation due to the ever-increasing number of employees.

He noted the Ministry of Finance does not mind raising the item of salaries but it is eager to set financial plan of the remaining items. He said the assistant undersecretary for administrative affairs in the Ministry of Education Fahd Al-Ghais has held meetings with the concerned Ministry of Finance official to discuss the reason behind demand to increase some items.

He stated budget of the Ministry of Education for the current fiscal year is KD 1.8 billion and entails KD 1.6 billion for salaries and KD 200 million for all other items, which is inadequate for the development educational programs.

Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Public Account Affairs in the Ministry of Education Abdulghaffar Al-Awadi has recommended detailed review of revenues collected, outstanding revenues and overall expenditure under various items of the budget, over and above projects inserted in the development plan— showing those accomplished and others yet-to-be achieved.

In another development, Human Resources Department Director in the Ministry of Education Saoud Al-Jowaiser has confirmed the recruitment of about 1,000 female citizens who hold intermediate level certificates to work as guides for seventh grade students, reports Al-Rai daily.

Al-Jowaiser disclosed the new employees will work only inside the schools under the supervision of the Schools Department, indicating 600 of these employees already received notices to start working with a monthly salary of KD 590 after deducting the insurance premium.

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