MoE sus­pends 200 pri­vate school files

52 il­le­gal teach­ers ar­rested at pri­vate in­sti­tute

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS -

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.

Teach­ers ar­rested

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

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