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Ministry to decide on stranded expat teachers

KUWAIT CITY, March 2: The Ministry of Education intends to implement the regulations and administrative decisions concerning expatriate teachers who will not return to the country before the second semester starts in March, reports Al-Jarida daily quoting sources from the educational sector. Sources told the daily that the ministry will apply regulations regarding work suspension on expatriate teachers who left the country for the mid-year vacation period that ends on March 1.

Sources said an expatriate teacher who is unable to resume work on time will be subjected to administrative regulations that may lead to dismissal. Sources disclosed the ministry granted 45 days mid-year vacation to teachers this year due to the cancellation of the mid-year exams, pointing out the government issued a decision on opening the airport and allowing expatriate teachers to return directly from their home countries – some of which are classified as high-risk, provided they undergo institutional quarantine in any of the approved Kuwaiti hotels for a period of 14 days.

Sources added the availability of direct flights and the fact that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) authorities allowed expatriate teachers to book tickets and hotels through the online applications make it possible for them to return to Kuwait.

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