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Wednesday , August 5 2020

Teachers raise concerns about non-renewal of their residence

‘Some students not included in e-educational platform’

KUWAIT CITY, June 20: The problem of renewing the Article 17 residencies of teachers of Ministry of Education continue on the basis of “coordination with Ministry of Interior is awaiting approval”, particularly for those whose residencies had expired since March as well as those whose residencies are about to expire, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

In this context, the daily received a number of complaints from teachers in various educational areas, especially those who have been besieged by territorial isolation, demanding completion of their residency renewal procedures. They stressed that the date of the leave specified for them, as per the decision of the Minister of Education Dr Saud Al-Harbi, ends on August 4 at a time when they were unable to travel to their families. This means the remaining period of their leave does not exceed 45 days at the time that their colleagues traveled since May.

The teachers explained that there are many among them who are affected by this in each educational area and who cannot travel to their countries because their residencies have expired or are close to expiry.

Some of them, whose residencies have become temporary after being automatically extended by the Ministry of Interior, fear that, if they leave the country with the temporary residencies, they will not be able to use them to return or may face difficulty returning to Kuwait from their countries.

The teachers went on to explain that they had communicated with principals of their schools. After Eid Al-Fitr, they sent them a link to list the names of the teachers whose residencies expired, and they communicated with the Ministry of Education via its electronic accounts until Wednesday.

However, they have been receiving the same answer which is “Coordination is taking place between the Ministry of Education and its Interior counterpart” as well as their need for certificates of interest to effect renewal of the contract.

The ministry referred them to the educational departments at a time when work is yet to resume in the educational areas in the governorates, and the situation is more complicated for those who are within the isolated areas. On the other hand, the daily received calls from several parents whose children are studying in private Arab schools, saying their names were not included in the online educational platform to be launched next Sunday. They asked whether they will have a mechanism other than the one for public school students, stressing that they are very much concerned about the future of their children.

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