Dozens of teachers are stranded abroad unable to return to Kuwait following a decision to ban the entry of travelers from 31 countries, which is causing a problem for the Ministry of Education (MoE), reports Al-Rai daily.
The daily, quoting sources, said the ministry will take the issue into consideration to look into granting an exemption for teachers from the decision immediately after the Eid Al-Adha holiday in coordination with the Ministry of Health and other concerned government agencies.
The daily said, citing sources that there is an acute shortage of teachers in schools, especially in some disciplines, which are exacerbated by the halt to local and foreign contracts in addition to the teachers’ resignations since the start of the coronavirus health crisis. This collective issues will negatively affect the start of the next academic year, regardless if online education is implemented.
The educational source offered a suggestion that the Ministry of Health be requested to exempt teachers from the ban decision similar to the exemption given to medical workers.
On the other hand, Al-Qabas daily said that Kuwait Teachers Society Chairman Mutee Al-Ajami demanded an exemption of the expatriate teachers from the decision to ban the entry of travelers from 31 countries.
In a press statement, Al-Ajmi urged the Ministry of Education to take the necessary steps to facilitate the procedures for teachers stranded abroad to return to Kuwait; especially after setting the dates for the start of the staff’s working hours at all academic levels.