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Education MPs invite salary discussion

Confidentiality on fraudulent degrees queried

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: Chairman of the parliamentary Education, Culture and Guidance Affairs Committee MP Ouda Al-Ruwaiee has disclosed that the committee will soon invite representatives of the educational sector to its meeting in order to discuss the proposal of Education and Higher Education Minister Hamid Mohammad Al-Azmi to increase the salaries of assistant teachers and other educational support staff.

In a press conference after the committee meeting Tuesday, Al-Ruwaiee said they had earlier discussed the possibility of providing protection for teachers either through the amendment of the Penal Code or drafting a new legislation which will be determined next week. This is in response to a parliamentary concern over the alleged legislative gap regarding teachers and their rights.

However, due to differences in opinion among members, the committee decided to meet with the concerned officials to determine the extent of this legislative inadequacy. The committee also tackled the confidential manner of responding to parliamentary queries on the fraudulent credentials and degrees.

The committee has agreed to coordinate with the National Assembly Office to address the issue, considering the minister is adamant in following the aforementioned course of action.

In another development, MP Mohamed Al-Dallaal has forwarded questions to the minister of education and higher education about violations related to computers and contracts for their maintenance.

He said the State Audit Bureau notified the Assembly that the Ministry of Education committed several violations in fiscal 2017/2018. He wants to know the details and measures being taken to correct these violations. Moreover, MP Kaleeh Al-Saleh submitted queries to Minister of Finance Nayef Al-Hajraf on the smuggling of alcoholic drinks.

He wants to know how a truck loaded with alcoholic drinks was able to leave Shuwaikh Port. According to a police report, the security officers assigned in Ahmadi Governorate recently impounded a truck full of alcoholic drinks; prompting the MP to ask if the truck was inspected and what was the method of inspection. He inquired about the person in charge of inspection procedures and action taken in terms of accountability, considering it is easy to identify the truck’s contents through the simplest inspection method.

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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