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MoE cuts working hours of teachers, administrative staff

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‘Safe Education’ drive launched as students … return to schools

KUWAIT CITY, Oct 2: The ministries of Education, Health, Interior and Information have launched a campaign under the title ‘Safe Education’ as about 520,373 students in public and private Arab schools will Sunday go to their classrooms after an absence of almost 18 months because schools had shut their doors following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Al- Rai daily. The students, teachers, and visitors must abide by the health protocols and other procedures put in place by the concerned authorities.

The campaign comes from the keenness of the concerned authorities about the safety of students, and an embodiment of cooperation, solidarity and coordination between the state ministries to provide a safe educational environment of the highest levels of prevention. The campaign aims to confirm the commitment of students, parents, and the administrative and educational bodies to the precautionary and health requirements and procedures. In this regard the Ministry of Education is working in cooperation with the relevant ministries to establish all means to ensure the safe conduct of the educational process. It also aims to establish a comprehensive approach and system for prevention, by enhancing awareness, knowledge and culture among the target groups, through media messages, audio-visual media platforms, social networking sites, cinemas, and screens inside malls, gas stations so the message gets across to the largest segment.

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, Dr Ali Al-Yaqoub, said in a press statement the campaign aims to educate the students and their parents about the importance of adhering to the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the application of health requirements, in addition to their cooperation with school administrations in implementing precautionary measures. Al-Yacoub stressed that the campaign comes within the framework of the Ministry of Education’s keenness on the safety of students and workers in the school administration and the educational authority. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has instructed the administrations of schools to reduce the working hours of teachers and administrative workers from two hours to one hour in various educational stages, except those in kindergartens who must work full time, reports Al-Anba daily.

The daily obtained a copy of the circular that the ministry issued to the educational districts regarding the provisions of Child Rights Law No. 21/2015, undersecretary’s Circular No. 20/2018 and Civil Service Commission Circular No. 3/2016; stating the following: First: Working hours are reduced from two hours to one hour only for teachers and administrative workers in the primary, intermediate and secondary stages. Second: Kindergarten teachers and administrative workers do not benefit from the reduced official working hours as prescribed by law number 21/2015, because their official working hours are five hours. Third: The reduction could be at the beginning or at the end of the working hours, taking into account the conditions of each educational stage in light of previous details.

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