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Univer­sity pro­fes­sors urged to refuse join­ing ‘sum­mer se­mes­ter pro­gram’

‘Teach­ing staff’s ef­forts un­der­es­ti­mated by bud­get plan­ners’

- Kuwait City · Kuwait · Council of the European Union · Lhengye Zhungtshog · National Assembly of South Korea · Civil Service Commission · Kuwait University · Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 17: Chair­man of Kuwait Univer­sity Fac­ulty As­so­ci­a­tion Dr. Ibrahim Al-Hamoud af­firmed that calls have been made for univer­sity pro­fes­sors to re­ject the idea of en­rolling in the spe­cial sum­mer se­mes­ter pro­gram, point­ing out that the 50 per­cent re­duc­tion of bud­get for the ex­cep­tional se­mes­ter is a cir­cum­ven­tion of the gen­eral draft bud­get, not­ing the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters had sug­gested re­duc­ing all bud­gets in the state agen­cies by 20 per­cent while the fac­ulty mem­bers’ dues de­duc­tion is 50 per­cent, in­di­cat­ing the ef­forts of the teach­ing staff have been un­der­es­ti­mated by the bud­get plan­ners, whether in the gov­ern­ment or the Na­tional Assem­bly, re­ports Al-Rai daily.

Al-Hamoud pointed out that a very large per­cent­age of state em­ploy­ees work on­line but re­ceiv­ing full undi­min­ished salar­ies, while fac­ulty mem­bers teach­ing on­line are get­ting a re­duc­tion in their fi­nan­cial com­pen­sa­tion and al­lo­ca­tions in the bud­get un­der the pre­text of work­ing on­line. There­fore, the ar­gu­ment is un­fit for in­fer­ence and can­not be re­lied on in prin­ci­ple.

He added, “It is known that the idea of ex­cep­tional se­mes­ter is the de­ci­sion of Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and un­der im­ple­men­ta­tion of the univer­sity law, and sub­ject to the rules of Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, while it is linked to the de­cree and law on salar­ies and fi­nan­cial en­ti­tle­ments. For this rea­son, its re­duc­tion – ac­cord­ing to bud­get law, is an un­con­sti­tu­tional act, con­sid­er­ing that bud­get law is a for­mal law.”

Ac­cord­ing to the text of Ar­ti­cle 143 of the Con­sti­tu­tion, bud­get law can­not amend or af­fect any ob­jec­tive rule. Among the rules and sub­stan­tive pro­vi­sions are those re­lated to salar­ies, bonuses, and al­lowances. For ex­am­ple, fail­ure to es­tab­lish fi­nan­cial ap­proval for a spe­cific job does not result in the can­cel­la­tion of the job, given that the job and its salar­ies, bonuses and re­wards have been stip­u­lated therein.

Bud­get law and lack of fi­nan­cial sup­port do not af­fect the rights of the em­ployee, while his fi­nan­cial dues are a debt owed by the state. Fail­ure to es­tab­lish fi­nan­cial credit to a de­gree or po­si­tion does not result in the abo­li­tion of its ex­is­tence, oth­er­wise it be­comes a means to abol­ish pub­lic jobs pro­tected by the con­sti­tu­tion and the law.

He pointed out that fail­ure to hold the ex­cep­tional se­mes­ter at the univer­sity will result in de­lay­ing the grad­u­a­tion of four thou­sand stu­dents, mean­ing the univer­sity spends an amount of 800,000 di­nars per month at a rate of 4.8 mil­lion di­nars through­out the se­mes­ter, which will be added to the stu­dents un­til they grad­u­ate. The sum is ap­prox­i­mately or al­most equal to the size of what was re­duced from the bud­get.

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