KUWAIT CITY, Feb 6: The Interior Ministry has forwarded a letter to its education counterpart allowing the latter to hire teachers with Palestinian passports, reports Al-Rai daily.
The daily quoted the Interior Ministry as saying in its letter, “Following the decision of the deputy premier and interior minister in October last year to treat Palestinians holding Palestinian passports like all other Arab residents with Arab passports and to allow them to bring their wives and children to the country, there is no objection to the Ministry of Education hiring Palestinians in accordance with your wishes and needs and under the laws governing the residency of foreigners in the country.” The Interior Ministry reportedly told the Education Ministry to push through with the recruitment of teachers holding Palestinian passports, affirming that these teachers are allowed to live and work in the country like all other Arab nationals as per the Residency Law.
In 2016, the Education Ministry announced its plan to recruit 400 teachers from Palestine with the approval of security authorities particularly in terms of the validity of the Palestinian passport. Former Interior Minister Sheikh Mohammad Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah was quoted as saying last October that the country officially recognized the Palestinian National Authority passport.
It can be recalled that in April last year, the Education Ministry unveiled its plan to hire Palestinian teachers for Mathematics and Science, either from Palestine or locally within the Palestinian community in the country. After this announcement, the Interior Ministry clarified that the Palestinian passport is not enough for issuance of residence permits in order to allow those who will be recruited to work and live in the country. The recruitment ban was implemented after the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.