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Private school teachers given choice to either forgo ‘salaries’ or get fired

KUWAIT CITY, June 23: While some private schools have terminated the services of their teachers to escape paying their salaries during the emergency vacation months imposed by the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, other schools have given their teachers and administrators the option of either waiving off their salaries or getting fired.

They affirmed that the administrations of a number of private schools have contacted their employees via phone to inform them about the termination of their services, but with the priority of reappointment in the event of a date being set for the resumption of the current school year or the start of the new year.

The sources indicated that some schools are unable to pay the salaries of their employees in light of the current crisis especially with the failure of parents to pay the last installments of tuition fees in conjunction with the issuance of a decision by the Ministry of Education not to claim any fees and to postpone the matter until the beginning of next year.

On the other hand, the process of registering the 12th-grade students in science and arts sections for the virtual classes of the educational platform prepared recently by the Ministry of Education within the draft operational plan for implementing distance education will begin this week.

Students of public, religious and private schools continue to be registered in the evening centers for a period of three days optionally, after which the lists of virtual classes will be prepared and the launch of distance education in government schools will be planned.

The ministry will also require the private schools to prepare educational platforms in each school to teach the 12th graders online, as well as create virtual classes and distance teaching similar to the public education sector.

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