Kuwait considers laying off 600 stranded expat teachers

Cairo: Kuwait’s education authorities are considering terminations for 600 expatriate teachers who are still stranded abroad due to travel restrictions prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported today.

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Those teachers specialise in subjects where there are surplus staff inside Kuwait, Al Jardia newspaper said.

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They include teachers of computer, decoration and Islamic education – subjects that can be taught by local hires from Kuwaitis and other Gulf nationals, the paper said.

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The education sector has finalised compiling lists of the 600 teachers and their names to be replaced with local hires, the paper has learnt.

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Home countries

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The Education Ministry will seek advice from the state Civil Service Commission on the status of the teachers that it wants to terminate their services to arrange for paying out their financial entitlements likely to be reimbursed through the Kuwaiti embassies in their respective home countries, the paper added.

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The reported terminations come as the Education Ministry has decided to bring back to Kuwait around 330 teachers stuck abroad and are needed in the country by issuing them new visas. They teach math, chemistry, English and physics.

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Last August, Kuwait announced a ban on direct flights from dozens of countries, citing concerns over the spread of COVID-19. The move has stranded thousands of expatriates who were on holiday in the affected countries.

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