KUWAIT CITY, April 11: MP Mubarak Al-Harees has voiced objection to the idea of discussing the economic reform document behind closed doors, stressing the need to hold an open session because this is an issue concerning all the people of Kuwait.
Asked about the grilling of Commerce and Industry Minister Yousef Al-Ali, Al-Harees said the minister should stand on the grilling podium, pointing out that any minister who fails in implementing ratifi ed laws must bear his political responsibility.
The grilling motion that Al- Harees and MP Ahmed Al-Qudaibi fi led against the minister has been included in the agenda of the National Assembly session slated for Tuesday.
Meanwhile, MP Khalil Abdullah has forwarded questions to Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa about the committees in charge of hiring expatriate teachers from abroad. He cited a local newspaper report that the ministry spends about a quarter million Kuwaiti dinars annually for these committees. He argued this is against the rationalization policy of the country, especially since there are better and costeffective recruitment methods. In light of the above, the lawmaker demanded for a list of these committees, budget allocated for each committee, justifications for their formation, names of the members of these committees, their job titles, academic specializations, years of experience, annual allowances and travel expenditures.
He asked about the mechanism for selecting expatriate teachers, fields of specialization that the ministry needs every year and the recruitment conditions. He also wants to know if it is possible to hire teachers locally and if the ministry can lessen its expenditures by reducing the number of panel members or cancellation of some committees.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff