‘Talk on transfer of nurseries resurfaces’
KUWAIT CITY, Oct 24: According to informed sources, approval of any increases in material or in-kind benefits for employees of any government agency does not achieve equality. Consequently, claims for allowances and benefits are renewed, and continue to expand without achieving justice, reports Al-Anba daily. In an exclusive press statement in response to the demands of some employees in some government agencies for salary increment, increase in allowances and new cadres, the sources said, “The approval of any material or in-kind benefits for any party will not achieve the justice that the government hopes to achieve for the salaries of employees in all government agencies through the strategic alternative to salaries”.
They stressed that the required step is not to approve the claims of one or two parties, but based on the hope to achieve justice in the salaries of the government sector by approving the strategic alternative to salaries as the only recourse to give everyone their rights accordingly.
In the same context, it was discovered that the measures to rationalize government expenditures include prohibiting the appointment of resigned employees to leadership positions and public positions from grade A to grade four or its equivalent. The procedures circulated by the Ministry of Finance banned the appointment of those who resigned in all government agencies, public and local bodies, institutions, and companies in which the state or the concerned person has a share at least 51 percent in the capital, in addition to hiring those who were dismissed.
Meanwhile , talks on transferring supervision of nurseries from the Ministry of Social Affairs to the Ministry of Education have resurfaced, reports Al-Rai daily quoting sources. Sources hinted on the plan of the Secretariat General for Planning and Development to revive talks on transferring the management, follow up and licensing of private nurseries from the Ministry of Social Affairs to its education counterpart.
Sources said: “This is the second time that the idea is presented. The procedures have been completed, but the Ministry of Education rejected the transfer. Talks on the issue stopped after the Council of Ministers canceled its decision regarding the transfer in 2019.” Talking about obstacles to the transfer, sources explained “this transfer has legislative and legal requirements in addition to the amendment of several laws; such as the laws on private nurseries, children’s rights and others.” Sources added “the first paragraph of Article Two of Private Nurseries Law No. 22/2014 states that it is not permissible to establish a private nursery without obtaining a license from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor.” Article 31 of Children’s Rights Law No. 21/2015 stipulates that “a nursery is a suitable place designated for the care of children who have not reached the age of four. Nurseries are under the supervision and control of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor in accordance with the provisions of this law.” Sources said the Ministry of Social Affairs will contact the Secretariat General for Planning and its education counterpart to discuss this request and obtain approval from the Education Ministry for the transfer. Sources disclosed the total number of nurseries reached 505, compared to 545 before the Corona crisis.