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KUWAIT CITY, Jan 31: For decades, the government has struggled to make the policy of “Kuwaitization” of its public jobs a success, but the results do not refl ect the desired goals, which hinder any steps to reduce the number of expatriates and replace them with citizens, reports Al- Qabas daily.
The deadline set by the Civil Service Council, in its decision issued in 2017, according to which government agencies are obliged to adopt a policy of “annual Kuwaitization” for public jobs and to acquire this estimated percentage in 5 years did not happen after 6 months of the deadline. The “Kuwaitization” vision is still blurry, while the Civil Service Commission continues to address all public sector entities, with the need to move forward with the replacement policy, the latest of which is its address to the Kuwait University which is required to replace 244 employees.
However, it is remarkable that the University Council not only ignored the CSC call, but also issued a recent decision to “stop the policy of Kuwaitization at the university for 4 years,” which opens the door to the question whether higher education institutions have failed to provide their own needs for national cadres to graduate students with required specializations that would enable the government to implement the policy of “Kuwaitization” of public jobs.
It cannot be denied the extent to which the “Kuwaitization file” is linked to the education file and admission policies in various higher education institutions, as the first step in implementing the replacement policy, but Kuwait University’s recent decision to prevent the Kuwaitization of university jobs for a period of 4 years suggests that the educational institutions themselves are unable to provide for their needs, not to mention providing for the needs of other government agencies, in a scene that almost applies to the popular proverb “The door of the carpenter is paralyzed.