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Saturday , March 28 2020

‘Ministry to approach ‘Fatwa’ if grants include bedoun teachers’

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 24: Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa was recently quoted as saying the Civil Service Commission (CSC) has specified the value of housing allowance the expatriate female teachers are eligible to when the law was enacted, reports Al-Rai daily. He went on to say if there is any amendment to the law, the CSC should agree to it and give its approval. Dr Al-Essa said the ministry will approach the Fatwa and Legislation Department if the allowance includes bedoun teachers and also discuss the latest development concerning the allowance.

He explained the new development is about the Constitutional Court verdict which has nullified the Civil Service Law which had specified KD 60 housing allowance for female teachers compared to their male counterparts who collect KD 150. He reassured the ministry is determined to see the teaching and administrative staff working together in schools without any impediment.

Meanwhile, the Al-Qabas daily said several female teachers have been quitting teaching jobs, regardless of the financial and cadre incentives being granted. The major reason attributed to the exodus is that the female teachers feel more relaxed in administrative jobs than teaching. A recent survey of 50 male and female teachers show several of them have been driven away from the job due to what they regard as injustice. About 45 percent of the respondents prefer administrative jobs to the teaching profession that can help them prepare the youths for future. The work pressure is the next factor for 35 percent of them who opt out of the teaching profession.

The last reason adduced by 20 percent of them is personal reasons. The questionnaire indicated in most cases when there are problems the administration support the students against teachers in not less than 35 percent of the situations, while they are with the teachers in about 25 percent of cases and remain neutral in 20 percent of them. The questionnaire revealed female teachers who left the teaching profession find it comfortable in their offices discussing issues with their colleagues, drinking coffee away from being under the watchful eye of the school administration

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