At the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year, private foreign schools announced they will limit their working hours starting August 21, providing students return gradually starting Sunday, Aug 28 and Tuesday, Aug 30.
In the following week, Sept 4, 2022, payments are due. A local Arabic newspaper quoted a responsible educational source as saying that tuition fees for the upcoming academic year are fixed and won't increase, despite the wave of high prices after the pandemic ended.
Noura Al-Ghanim, President of the Private Schools Union, said there is a shortage of manpower in some Arab and foreign schools. She called upon government institutions to take measures to exclude workers in the educational and health sectors and facilitate the process of bringing in foreign workers.
Kuwaiti labor is very expensive, and unqualified to work in schools, he explained, so that "educational institutions cannot rely on teachers alone, but also need security guards, cleaners, bus drivers, as well as maintenance workers," citing the fact that many foreign teachers are unwilling to return to Kuwait without their families. Except in exceptional cases, government decisions do not allow entry to teachers' families.
In light of the Corona crisis, Al-Ghanim praised the great response of the Ministry of Interior and the Public Authority for Manpower and hoped that this flexibility would remain in the hiring of foreign teachers for private schools, noting that the foreign teacher and his wife are not permitted to leave their 15 and 16-year-old sons behind.
Concerning tuition fees, the responsible source emphasized the need for foreign schools to comply with Ministerial Resolution No. 52/2021, warning of the application of penalties in the event of violation, pointing out that tuition fees are specified in the tables attached to the aforementioned decision and approved by the Ministry of Education in 2021.
In accordance with the decision, each student at the school will be given a special account list detailing the tuition fees owed by the guardian, the payment system, the value and the due dates, provided that private schools qualify for registration fees that are deducted from the tuition fees owed by the student, which is 50 dinars per student in Arabic schools and foreign schools with Pakistani, Indian and Filipino curriculum, and 100 dinars per student in typical Arab schools.