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Panel discusses study on needs of labor market vis-a-vis edu output

PM urged to be firm in dealing with new stage

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 13: The parliamentary Budgets and Final Accounts Committee on Wednesday discussed a study on the needs of the labor market in relation to educational output carried out by the educational bodies in coordination with the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

Committee Chairman MP Adnan Abdul-Samad disclosed they met with representatives of the Ministry of Higher Education, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET), Kuwait University, Secretariat-General of the Private Universities Council, Ministry of Finance and the CSC.

He revealed the committee tackled the same issue on May 26, 2016 including the impact on estimate of expenditure for salaries which constitutes 55 percent of the total expenditure in the general budget of the State. He pointed out there has been imbalance in covering the manpower need of government agencies and accumulation of graduates in certain disciplines while some of the educational outputs are inefficient according to audit authorities.

He added this reflects negatively on the government’s performance in general, considering the lack of government coordination in checking the actual manpower need in cooperation with the concerned authorities.

Meanwhile, MP Majed Al-Mutairi said the country is now facing a new stage, especially after the official announcement of the new government. He urged HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the ministers to be serious and firm in dealing with the new stage; taking into consideration the political, economic and social conditions in the country and the entire region.

He called on all concerned personalities in the political arena to bear their responsibilities toward the homeland, while emphasizing the need for the government to learn from past experiences and mistakes. He said the new government must use a new method, instead of having the same approach as its predecessors that dragged the country to further setbacks and errors.

He also stressed the need to implement development plans and address irregularities, especially those mentioned in State Audit Bureau reports.

He went on to say that the government must prioritize vital draft laws like the pension of retirees, social security loan interest, electricity, water, gasoline and bonuses for military and non-commissioned officers. He added the ministers should not be alarmed if the lawmakers use their constitutional tools, because this is done only if there are flaws in the government. He affirmed the lawmakers use their constitutional tools in accordance with the Constitution and Parliament bylaws.

Moreover, MP Faisal Al-Kandari said the next phase requires a comprehensive national dialogue for all political forces to clear the atmosphere and work in the interest of the country and citizens. He added everyone trusts the fair and honorable judiciary, particularly in terms of taking into consideration the conditions of youths who are in jail for storming the legislative building, as well as protecting their families and jobs, while everyone is waiting for the Cassation Court’s ruling.

By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff

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