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Mixed feeling over decision to cancel allowances for female expat teachers – MoE not responsible for decision: Al-Essa

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 26: Many people have reacted to a story published last Thursday on the cancellation of housing allowance for female expatriate teachers, reports Al-Rai daily. Telephone calls the newspaper has been receiving from individuals indicate a mixed feeling of sorrow, anger, and resentment, as they plead with the minister of education to enforce the relevant court verdict by reviewing the decision to cancel housing allowance.

In response, Minister of Education Dr Bader Al-Essa explained the ministry is not responsible for the decision and that the step was taken due to the current financial situation of the country. He noted the minister of finance confirmed canceling all allowances, which include allowance for judges. With reference to the proposal of several MPs to interrupt day light saving time by two hours from April 1 to Sept 31, Al-Essa stressed the Ministry of Education has since referred the bill to Fatwa and Legislation Department for relevant study and recommendation.

Based on his personal opinion, Al-Essa said the proposal will be difficult to implement during the school season, indicating Egypt had tried in vain to enforce a similar idea due to Ramadan. However, an explanatory memorandum reviewed by some five MPs pointed to health, religious and economic benefits of implementing the proposal, which they stressed, will help reduce the phenomenon of traffic jam.

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