KUWAIT CITY, Aug 16: Ministry of Education has requested the Ministry of Interior to allow the teachers of foreign private schools to return to the country on commercial tourist visas in accordance with relevant terms and regulations, reports Al-Anba daily.
This request was made in a letter sent by the Ministry of Education addressed to the Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior.
The Ministry of Education affirmed its keenness to ensure the private schools operate in an orderly manner without disrupting the academic progress and achievement of the students through the educational cadres in the private sector.
It indicated that several steps need to be followed in a bid to ensure private schools operate as per their academic calendar.
With this in mind, the ministry proposed the following:
a. Facilitating the return of employees holding educational positions in foreign private schools (British, American, bilingual, and French) whose residency expired while they were outside the country.
b. Allowing those holding educational positions in the aforementioned schools to enter the country under “tourist – commercial” visit visas, and enabling these schools to transfer them to work visas without the need for these employees to leave the country.
c. Facilitating the process of registering arrivals to the country using the entry visa app Shlonak for those who do not have civil ID numbers.
In the event that the Ministry of Interior agrees to this request, the Ministry of Education proposed several terms and conditions, which are:
1. The returnees should be occupying the following positions – school principal, technical manager, head of educational level, deputy principal, teacher, and assistant teacher.
2. The school must submit to the Ministry of Interior a statement indicating the initial approval of the Ministry of Education for the employee in question, through an initial work approval issued by the General Administration of Private Education and a work contract approved and certified by the competent authorities.
3. The entry visas must be issued as “visit visa” and transferred to work visas based on an official letter issued by the Ministry of Education along with the data and names of the concerned employees occupying educational positions that are required to issue entry visas for them or to transfer them to work permits, for each private school separately.
4. Those returning or rather entering the country must be committed to self-quarantine required by the health authorities, in addition to all other requirements as mandated by the competent authorities.
5. The private schools must be committed to transferring the residency of those coming to the country under visit visas into work permits within 30 days from the date of entry.
6. The Ministry of Education must be provided with periodic statements every 15 days for those who are allowed to enter the country on entry visas to work in private schools so that the ministry can follow up on these schools and verify the validity of those coming to the country to work.
Meanwhile, reliable sources in the education sector expressed their astonishment at the aforementioned request sent to the Ministry of Interior, which is limited only to private school teachers and does not address public school teachers, especially since there are approximately 1,000 such teachers still outside the country.
They said they hope the concerned authorities would find a solution for the public school teachers who are still outside the country just like their counterparts in the private schools and avoid imposing double standards, especially since there is not enough time left for the start of the new school year, let alone the health measures that require self-quarantine for a period of two weeks.