Kuwait Education Ministry flunks test to stop mass staff exodus
Head of Ministry of Higher Education’s workers’ union Dr. Khaled Al-Barrak confirmed the mass exodus of ministry employees, noting the fast-spreading trend can be felt in the corridors of the ministry, reports Al-Anba daily, as reported by Arab times online.
Why is this happening?
Ministry not learning from mistakes
In a statement to the daily, Dr. Al-Barrak indicated lack of financial incentives and privileges and absence of career care and appreciation at work meant that a large number of employees in the ministry were opting for employment in other institutions that suit their academic qualifications and experiences.
“Lack of financial incentives for diligent and experienced employees, coupled with lack of job security have rendered the work environment repellent in the Ministry of Higher Education, as it doesn’t meet the aspirations of employees despite being a significant ministry and important in the level of the State”, he noted.
“If the current situation persists … it will negatively affect the performance of the ministry as a whole.”
Gulf Business reports that Kuwait’s Ministry of Education is being urged to introduce new incentives for technical roles after Kuwaiti employees were reportedly scared off by the workload for what was considered a “low salary”.
Sources told Kuwait times that a final decision on the incentives offered for roles including psychiatrists and accountants was urgently needed after a staff shortage following a government decision to terminate foreign workers.
“This made 329 out of 379 citizens expected to graduate as social workers and psychiatrists seek out other jobs, leaving only 50 who sought MoE jobs,” a source told the publication.
“MoE used to have over 300 accountants and this number has drastically dropped.”
The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is enacting a government plan to gradually phase out expats from public sector roles, with plans to lay off more than 44,5000 foreign workers and replace them with citizens in the coming years.
Kuwait Times.net said the Ministry of Education’s administrative sector is currently finalizing lists including the names of 1,000 expat employees who will be replaced by citizens during the current academic year 2018-2019, quoting informed sources.
Employees due to be terminated by the end of June 2019 include 300 teachers, 100 social workers and 600 service staff (office boys).
The sources added the education sector has targeted the 300 teachers according to the subjects they teach, due to the abundance of Kuwaiti teachers of the same subjects to replace them.
Prosecuting corruption in education
Former and current officials and academics at the Ministry of Health and Kuwait University (KU) were referred to the public prosecution on corruption charges, said an official at the Kuwait Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) Thursday.
In a press release, Dr. Mohammad Bouzuber, Nazaha’s Assistant Secretary-General for Investigations and Nazaha’s spokesman, said that the charges involved the said officials’ abuse of power and finances, in addition to suspicion of forgery.