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Saturday , September 26 2020

Ruling awaited on stranded expats

Education ministry hit by crisis due to teachers unavailability

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 9: While the Ministry of Education is awaiting a decision from the Civil Service Commission to decide on the fate of the expatriate teachers who were unable to return to the country because of the conditions imposed on them due to the spread of Covid- 19, educational sources confirmed that the ministry is facing a crisis – since some of them are on vacation, absent with an acceptable excuse or due to suspension, reports Al-Seyassah daily.

It is worth mentioning here the government of Kuwait based on instructions of the Kuwaiti health authorities due to the situation and repercussions caused by the spread of the corona virus regarding ‘highrisk’ countries had regulated the entry of citizens from India, Iran, China, Brazil, Columbia, Armenia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Syria, Spain, Singapore, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Iraq, Mexico, Indonesia, Chile, Pakistan, Egypt, Lebanon, Hong Kong, Italy, North Macedonia, Moldova, Panama, Peru, Serbia, Montenegro, Dominican Republic and Kosovo, from entering the country.

In this regard Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, Faisal Maqseed, confirmed that he will discuss with the Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Dr Saud Al-Harbi Sunday morning the issue of expatriate teachers who are stranded abroad and look at several options to address their conditions in public interest. Al-Maqsid told the daily, the Ministry is interest in handling the issue and is keen to solve it before the start of the 2020/2021 scholastic year, which is set to begin October 4, 2020.

He indicated he will also discuss with the Minister several options to address the situation of teachers abroad, including the possibility of filling the shortage in educational specializations through local contracts, as it has been announced that the procedures for appointing Kuwaiti, Gulf and bedoun teachers have been completed.

Educational sources reported that among the options available are filling the shortage of teachers through local contracts or counting teachers abroad on leave for half pay until they are allowed to return to Kuwait to work or end their services if they are unable to return before September 15 before the beginning of the next scholastic year.

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