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‘Kuwaitis can fill teachers’ vacant categories’
KUWAIT CITY, Feb 19: About 1,800 expatriate teachers await their fate in light of the Ministry of Education’s intention to cut down the number of expatriate teachers in some disciplines for which alternative Kuwaiti teachers are available, most notably Islamic education, social studies, computers, art education, and music, reports Al-Rai daily. According to educational sources, the Public Education Sector in the ministry has provided the Administrative Sector with a list of the teachers’ names to take the necessary measures.
A meeting with the two sectors will be held soon to develop a mechanism to terminate the services of this large number of members of the educational staff, and to set dates for informing them of the decisions and signing the termination letters. However, the sources denied that the termination of the teachers’ services was based on instructions from the Civil Service Commission (CSC).
They said, “About three years ago, they were included in the replacement policy, because the ministry is committed to the specified percentage of male and female teachers, as the percentage of Kuwaitis exceeds 72 percent, and the percentage of expatriates is less than 27 percent.” The sources indicated that the teachers’ services would be terminated in August due to their entitlement to summer vacation salaries, according to the educational stage and the end dates of the year according to the academic calendar.
They said this approach is based on the instructions of the Minister of Education, Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Hamad Al-Adwani regarding ending the services of expatriate teachers if national components are available. In addition, the Ministry of Education is still receiving applications from new teachers (local contracts) on its website, as well as rejecting the applications of dozens of applicants for some majors, because they are limited to children of Kuwaiti women only, according to the official website of the ministry.