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Stop teachers cash perks in summer holiday: official – 300 staff, teachers face termination

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 19: Assistant Undersecretary for Financial Affairs at Ministry of Education Yousef Al-Najjar says the State Audit Bureau considers the academic qualification award, teaching compensations and rare specialization compensations, which are granted to teachers during the summer vacation, as violations that must be stopped, reports Al-Rai daily.

He said the Fatwa and Legislation Department believes the teachers do not deserve these compensations during the summer vacations even if the leave salaries of the teachers are fully paid. Al-Najjar wondered why the teaching profession is not equalized with other professions that receive compensations and salaries even during holidays and leaves, indicating that the current legal opinion is to suspend these compensations during teachers’ summer vacations and that they can be granted only during Hajj leave.

In the same context, Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) has asked the administrative sector of Ministry of Education to notify it when any new Kuwaiti employee who is paid the teaching salary scale from the ministry is registered so that MGRP can take required procedures in this regard. Meanwhile, the Public Institution for Social Security has forwarded a letter on about 300 Kuwait University employees and teachers referred for retirement as they have been in service for 30 years or more to the Ministry of Education which, in turn, sent the list to the university for action, reports Al-Anba daily quoting sources.

Sources clarified this step is taken in line with the decision of the Cabinet on the compulsory retirement of public sector employees whose service period reached 30 years or more. And, educational officials have warned about the absence of planning and clear procedures for the development of teachers, especially those assigned in kindergartens, reports Al-Qabas daily.

A statistical report released recently showed a surplus in the number of female teachers in this stage — a total of 2,442 teachers in all educational districts. The report said Ahmadi is on top of the list with a surplus of 753 teachers, followed by Farwaniya with 695, the Capital with 294, Mubarak Al-Kabeer with 239, Hawally with 237 and Jahra with 224.

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