Kuwait Education Ministry enforces salary freeze over fingerprint inaction

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Ministry of Education implements salary suspension for non-compliant staff.

KUWAIT CITY, April 9: The Ministry of Education has taken stringent measures to enforce compliance with attendance procedures among teachers and administrators. In response to non-adherence to the deadline set by the Ministry for activating attendance and departure fingerprints, instructions were issued to suspend the salaries of those who failed to comply. Educational sources revealed to Al-Jarida that salaries of school workers who do not adhere to the fingerprinting requirement will remain suspended until they activate and adhere to the procedure, with salaries reinstated upon completion of the process.

Meanwhile, concerns arose over student absenteeism, which reached 80 percent recently. In response, Dr. Adel Al-Adwani, Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, conducted visits to several schools to assess attendance and directed that committed students be honored to foster a culture of punctuality.

During his visits, Minister Al-Adwani expressed gratitude to students who upheld their commitment to school attendance. He commended school administrations for providing an engaging learning environment conducive to students’ continuous attendance and learning. Al-Adwani emphasized that commitment, care, and follow-up are essential traits of successful students, aligning with the Ministry’s objectives to empower students with knowledge and excellence.

The Minister’s visits aimed at providing moral support to students and school administrations, emphasizing the importance of honoring committed students to reinforce educational dedication. Additionally, Al-Adwani engaged with school principals and educational district leaders to explore strategies to combat absenteeism and foster an enriching learning environment.

In another development, Dr. Salman Al-Lafi, Assistant Undersecretary for Special and Specific Education, chaired a meeting to discuss curriculum development for individuals with disabilities. The meeting addressed the inclusion of academic subjects such as computers and the English language for students with mental disabilities within the Special Education Department schools. Attendees included Hessa Al-Mutawa, acting Assistant Undersecretary for Public Education, Anwar Al-Hamdan, acting Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Research and Curricula, Mahmoud Abdel-Rida, acting Director of Special Education Schools Administration, and subject mentors.

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