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Minister questioned on ‘foreign’ degrees

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MP says will shun session

KUWAIT CITY, June 11: MP Ahmad Al- Hamad has forwarded queries to Minister of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research Ali Al-Mudhaf about Kuwaitis who graduated from universities in other countries and complained about the accreditation of their academic certificates. He wants to know the number of such students who filed cases against the Ministry of Higher Education regarding the accreditation of certificates obtained from universities abroad, number of such cases in which the ministry lost, amount of compensation and fines paid in the last 10 years, if studies have been conducted to determine factors that led to losing in these cases, those responsible for the losses, steps taken to address this problem and prevent the wastage of public funds, why Kuwaiti students in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have had no health insurance for several years, other countries where Kuwaiti students are not covered by health insurance, compensation for students not covered by health insurance, and if the compensation is enough to cover their medical expenses every year.

On the other hand, MP Muhammad Al-Mutair announced on his Twitter account that he will not attend the special session scheduled for this week to deliberate on the proposed incentive and pension increment for retirees; indicating he can neither cooperate nor question a resigned government about the bill. He believes the proposed incentive for retirees necessitate the issuance of an executive decision, instead of holding a special parliamentary session.

He cited Article 80 of the law on the establishment of the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS), stating the Council of Ministers has the right to grant exceptional pension or incentives to social security beneficiaries and their heirs even if they are not covered by this law.

Meanwhile, MP Osama Al-Menawer clarified that the special session is not just for voting on the Retirees Bill; as the actuarial deficit of PIFSS will be tackled as well. He stressed the significance of discussing the actuarial deficit of the institution; quoting senior officials at PIFSS as saying it will not to be able to pay the pension of retirees in the near future due to the deficit, salary scale, inflation and other economic factors. He affirmed this is an urgent issue, calling on his colleagues to think twice before boycotting the session.

Moreover, National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanim sent a cable to Portuguese Parliament Speaker Augusto Santos Silva to greet him on the National Day of Portugal. By Saeed Mahmoud Saleh Arab Times Staff

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