Monday , September 24 2018

Shortage of teachers looms as new school year set to kick off

Delays in procedures for newly-hired teachers cited

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 26: With the new academic year just around the corner, Tuesday being the first working day for teachers, the Ministry of Education will continue to face shortage in the teaching staff because the newly-hired teachers have yet to arrive in the country, reports Al-Jariday daily.

According to informed sources the Palestinian teachers will not arrive into the country until the beginning of October due to delays in their recruitment procedures. However, the same sources said they will be assigned to various schools as soon as they arrive in the country without subjecting them to training sessions given the urgency of the situation.

To add insult to injury it has been reported the ministry faced an uphill task in the area of recruiting teachers for ‘specializations’ indicating the local recruits did not even get close to 100 teachers. The foreign schools in the country opened Sunday for the new academic year 2018/2019.

Meanwhile, according to Al-Rai daily a number of Syrian teachers are caught in the dilemma due to lack of clarity in the renewal of their contracts for the 2018/2019 academic year. Dozens of Syrian teachers are said to have visited the office of the Assistant Undersecretary for Public Education Fatima Al-Kandari but came out empty-handed. The administrative sector has revealed that the Civil Service Commission has approved the renewal of contracts for 55 teachers including those who have reached the legal retirement age.

However, the teachers told the daily after checking with the administrative sector they did not find their names on the list referred to by the sector. They said they had to go back to the Citizens Service Department in the ministry to submit new applications for renewal.

They have appealed to the Undersecretary of Ministry of Education Dr Haitham Al-Athari to resolve the issue especially since the Civil Service Commission has given the nod for renewal of their contracts.

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