Annual cost of expat children’s education costs over $270 mln
KUWAIT CITY, May 6: Parliament’s Replacement Committee has received statements from some governmental institutions concerning the termination of nearly 1,000 expatriate employees of the public sector from July 1, reports Al- Rai daily.
According to a report prepared based on these statements, the annual cost for the education in public schools for the children of expatriate employees of Ministry of Education is more than $270 million. To study the situation and review the statements submitted by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Oil and Civil Service Commission, the parliamentary committee has been holding weekly meetings to discuss the statements sent to them by various governmental bodies, prepare relevant reports based on these statements and study the level of benefit from applying the Kuwaitization policy.
Meanwhile, head of the committee MP Khalil Al-Saleh affirmed that the committee received the statements related to appointments from some concerned bodies but they need to be evaluated. He said, “We will tackle this matter on July 1, and request CSC to provide us with statistics about the number of non-technical expatriate employees whose contracts have been frozen”.
Al-Saleh indicated that the recent statistics from Kuwait University reveal that the number of Kuwaiti students expected to graduate from the university in the next five years is almost 30,000, adding that these graduates will need jobs due to which the government has to apply the Kuwaitization policy. He revealed that the cost for educating children of the ministry’s expatriate employees in public schools is KD 82,065,61 (equivalent to more than $270 million), adding that 18,745 such students are studying in the public schools.
Meanwhile, the decision is to increase the rate of Kuwaiti employees in the private sector will soon be issued, reports Al-Anba daily quoting informed sources. They said the Cabinet will take a decision concerning the proposal to increase the number of national employees in the private sector as soon as a report required from Civil Service Commission (CSC) is submitted and studied.
Other sources declared that the concerned bodies are ready to discuss the Kuwaitization procedures and present necessary figures. They affirmed the ongoing cooperation and coordination to implement the Kuwaitization policy and appoint those who are in the waiting list for employment as well as the new graduates.
The sources explained that the Government and the National Assembly seek to accomplish eight priorities during the coming phase. They are draft laws on establishment of joint companies for constructing electricity and water stations, early retirement, amendment of disability law, establishment of public authority of Hariri City, Boubyan Island and governmental universities.