Wednesday , February 20 2019

Ministry ‘temporarily’ solves hygiene-tied crisis in schools

MoH official referred to Public Prosecution

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 23: Ministry of Education has temporarily solved the hygiene related crisis in its schools and educational zones before the start of the new academic year, reports Al-Rai daily.

Such a move came after the ministry represented by its financial sector extended the current cleaning services contracts for another three months ending on September 30 at a total value of KD 1.6 million for all educational zones except for Farwaniya, which has a cleaning service arrangement already in place.

Assistant Undersecretary for Financial Affairs Yousef Al-Najjar disclosed there are five new tenders that meet the conditions of the regulatory authorities and that the signing of the contracts is only pending. He stressed that the work of the winning companies that will execute these contracts will start after the expiry of the current contracts, which is September 30.

Al-Najjar affirmed that the companies that won the tenders are new and different from the current ones, adding that the contracts were prepared with them and includes detailed provisions that preserve the ministry’s right to provide the number of workers required in each school and the quality of machines and tools used in schools among other things.

Meanwhile, Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (NAZAHA) announced on Wednesday that a senior official of the Ministry of Health was referred to the Public Prosecution on counterfeiting charges. NAZAHA said in a statement the official was referred to the prosecution, as part of continuing efforts aimed at combating corruption and punishing those involved in it.

The authority added that it had started inspecting, collecting evidences and listening to witnesses on the case, affirming “there are serious proofs substantiating the suspicions” surrounding the accused official. NAZAHA affirmed its readiness to receive any tip or information about suspected corruption cases or misappropriation with public funds and any other corruption offense


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