19,772 Kuwaitis on job waiting list by year’s end

Ex­pats’ apart­ment own­er­ship won’t in­clude other priv­i­leges

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

The Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC) an­nounced that the to­tal num­ber of cit­i­zens waiting for a job at the pub­lic sec­tor will reach 19,772 by the end of 2016, in­clud­ing 15,327 fe­males and 4,445 males. CSC added that 10,225 of these ap­pli­cants hold in­ter­me­di­ate school cer­tifi­cates, 5,275 hold school leav­ing cer­tifi­cates and 4,272 hold univer­sity de­grees.

Prop­erty own­er­ship

When the Real Es­tate Own­ers Union sug­gested that the prime min­is­ter al­lows ex­pats to own apart­ments in Kuwait, union sources as­sured that such own­er­ship will not en­ti­tle own­ers to de­mand cit­i­zen­ship or any other priv­i­leges en­joyed by cit­i­zens. The source added that the sys­tem al­ready ex­ists in some neigh­bor­ing GCC states. The sources stressed that the de­ci­sion will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on var­i­ous sec­tors, cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Kuwaiti youth and add value to Kuwait’s econ­omy. The tar­get of the sug­ges­tion was to sell 1,000 apart­ments to ex­pats an­nu­ally at a to­tal value of KD 100 mil­lion, and that leg­is­la­tors could set proper con­di­tions for such own­er­ships.

Four classes

Kuwait Univer­sity is cur­rently con­sid­er­ing hav­ing teach­ing staff teach four in­stead of three classes over the in­creas­ing num­ber of stu­dents due to a lack of bud­get needed to hire more pro­fes­sors. KU also in­tends grant­ing more do­mes­tic schol­ar­ships to stu­dents from each sec­tion an­nu­ally.

Far­waniya Hos­pi­tal

The Supreme Coun­cil for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment’s plan­ning and fol­low up team vis­ited the new Far­waniya Hos­pi­tal project, led by as­sis­tant sec­re­tary gen­eral for plan­ning and fol­low up, Bader Al-Refa’e. Dur­ing the visit, Refa’e said that 17 per­cent of the project has been com­pleted and that it is ex­pected to be con­cluded by the end of 2019. Refa’e added that the project’s to­tal cost is KD 265 mil­lion and that once con­cluded, the new hos­pi­tal will help de­velop health­care ser­vices and pro­vide hun­dreds of job op­por­tu­ni­ties.

900 vi­o­la­tions

Deputy Speaker of the Na­tional Assem­bly Essa Al-Kan­dari said the State Au­dit Bureau re­ported that the Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (CSC) had com­mit­ted over 900 vi­o­la­tions and that such vi­o­la­tions were in­tol­er­a­ble from a body that is sup­posed to be keen on dis­ci­pline and or­der, as it ought to ad­min­is­tra­tively guide other state bod­ies.

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