KUWAIT CITY, Oct 14: A number of female teachers said they are suffering from great pressure as some school principals are exploiting the teachers under their administration by obliging them to work during the morning shift until 1:00 pm and then return to school to conduct classes in the afternoon shift from 3:00pm to 5:00pm for the fourth and fifth grade students, reports Aljarida daily.
A group of teachers working in primary schools affiliated to the Capital Educational Zone, who requested anonymity in order to avoid accountability, explained that the school principals with whom they work obligate them to work in the morning and evening shifts, even though the ministry’s instructions oblige teachers to work in the morning during the official working hours.
Contrary to that, the principals obligate them to work in the morning as well as in evening shifts to conduct virtual classes from their schools. The primary education control monitors schools in the evening shift to ensure the presence of female teachers in their schools.
Making female teachers work both in the morning and evening shifts is against the Civil Service Law. It also leads to great fatigue and pressure on the female teachers, especially since they have familial obligations, and some of them have children who need follow-up in distance education.
The teachers stressed the need for the Ministry of Education to issue clear and explicit instructions that would prevent teachers from being required to attend evening hours inside schools and to allow them to perform classes from their homes, especially since all officials of the ministry have the powers to follow up and monitor classes through the program itself, which eliminates the need for a teacher to be present in the school.