MoE suspends 200 private school files
52 illegal teachers arrested at private institute
KUWAIT: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has suspended the files of around 200 Arabic and foreign private schools for violating the rules and regulations set by the ministry, said informed educational sources, noting that the decision led to freezing around 800 transactions mainly concerning renewing teachers’ and staff residency visas because they were only doable through the private education directorate.
The sources explained that most violations were in the form of unlawfully increasing tuition fees and not paying teachers wages stipulated in various ministry decisions. The sources added said that the affected schools urged the MoE assistant undersecretary for private education to help complete the transactions to avoid legal accountability if teachers and staff members’ residencies expire.
Notably, these strict measures were ordered by Minister Bader Al-Essa, who called for applying the law on all schools and not allowing tuition fee increases unless by ministerial decisions. “Accordingly, the problem will remain unsolved until the minister is back,” stressed the sources.
In a different concern, the quadruple committee comprising of elements form the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, Kuwait Municipality and Ministry of Commerce and Indusrtry recently arrested 52 teachers (including 25 working for MoE) who were working for a private institute in Hawally in violation of residency laws. Informed sources said that on storming an institute supposedly teaching computer courses, the committee found out that it had been turned into a center for private tuitions. In another educational development, well-informed sources said that orders had been issued to refer a school director for investigation over prolonging the school day until 2:30 pm with the excuse of having to cover the school curriculum without being authorized by the ministry. The sources added that once the concerned school is identified, its director would be referred for investigations. — Al-Jarida, Al-Anbaa