Kuwait to replace 25 per cent expat teachers with citizens

This post was originally published on 15 February 2017.

Kuwait’s Ministry of Education will begin replacing 25 per cent of expatriate workers with citizens, based on the Kuwaitization policy, starting from 2017/2018 academic year, Arab Times has reported.

According to the report, this will be achieved by stopping the recruitment of expatriate teachers of specialties for which many Kuwaiti and GCC teachers can be appointed.

The officials have collated names of over 450 teachers and 150 heads of departments and technical supervisors in preparation for the termination of their services, the daily reported citing an undisclosed source.

According to the source, the affected expatriate teachers are those teaching sociology, integrated science, Islamic studies and computer science subjects in all stages of education.

The source said the officials will forward the list to the Assistant Undersecretary for Public Education Fatmah Al-Kandari after which the Undersecretary of Ministry of Education Dr Haitham Al-Atari will approve it for further procedures.

The source stressed that the list of affected teachers was collated last year, but the ministry rescinded the decision due to its need for their services, adding that these teachers are those whose contracts predate 2013, most of whom have worked in the ministry for over 34 years.
The affected teachers will be notified in March since their contracts will end on July 7.

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