Min­istry bound by CSC de­ci­sions on teacher’s al­lowances: Of­fi­cial

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

KUWAIT: The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MOE) is com­mit­ted to pay­ing the rent al­lowance dif­fer­ence to fe­male ex­pat teach­ers retroac­tively as per a Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC) de­ci­sion, MOE’s As­sis­tant Un­der­sec­re­tary for Fi­nan­cial Af­fairs Yousif Al-Na­j­jar stressed. “MOE is an ex­ec­u­tive body and the rul­ing made by the con­sti­tu­tional court is manda­tory and un­ques­tion­able,” he said, strongly deny­ing that the min­istry is ma­nip­u­lat­ing teach­ers. He was re­fer­ring to a court rul­ing which or­dered the min­istry to pay fe­male ex­pa­tri­ate teach­ers the same al­lowance paid to male teach­ers.

“We have a de­ci­sion from the CSC on ad­just­ing ex­pat fe­male teach­ers’ rent al­lowance from KD 90 to KD 150 retroac­tively at a to­tal cost of KD 47 mil­lion,” he ex­plained, not­ing that MOE has asked the fi­nance min­istry to pro­vide the sum but has not re­ceived any re­sponse yet. “The due sums will be paid sooner or later,” he added, fur­ther in­di­cated that if not paid this year, they would be paid next year after the new bud­get is ap­proved in April. “This de­ci­sion has noth­ing to do with re­duc­ing the rent al­lowance to KD 60,” he re­marked, re­fer­ring to the CSC’s re­cent de­ci­sion this year to cut the monthly al­lowance back by KD 90.

Na­j­jar said that the amount would be paid as soon as the money ar­rives from the fi­nance min­istry and that the teach­ers should not sue the min­istry or be abused by law firms urg­ing them to do so and waste their money, as their rights are pro­tected by law. “MOE was not a party in the case filed by a teacher against the CSC de­ci­sion, who later got a con­sti­tu­tional court rul­ing an­nulling it, and ac­cord­ingly, CSC de­cided pay­ing the dif­fer­ence to all ex­pat fe­male teach­ers retroac­tively since 2011,” he ex­plained, promis­ing ex­pat fe­male teach­ers will get their rights in full.

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