Expat teachers to have contracts terminated in favour of Kuwaiti nationals

Published:  2 Mar at 6 PM
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Kuwait Ministry of Education undersecretary Dr Haitham al Athari has publicly stressed a move to terminate expats’ teaching contracts is being instigated for the ‘greater good’.

The minister’s comment reinforces recent moves encouraging Kuwaitization in many sectors involving expat professionals on contract. The move will apply to expat teachers of a number of specific subjects in the emirate’s public schools, replacing them with Kuwaitis who are awaiting recruitment. A number of exemptions from contract termination will include expatriate teachers born to Kuwaiti mothers as well as the husbands of Kuwaiti women.

Also excluded will be teachers with children studying at grade 11, who will be allowed a year in order for their children to finish high school. In answer to a plea that affected expatriate teachers be allowed to change their specialities to sub-major studies, the ministry stated the rule will only apply to main specialities.

In Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Trade and Investment discussions are continuing on a plan to allow expats to invest in the kingdom. Government minister Majed Al Qassabi said Saudi’s growth parallel market would be the first to allow expat investment, followed by the main market at a later date. He added the Capital Market Authority is working with the Saudi Stock Exchange on technical and legal issues, with the scheduled announcement due in this year’s second quarter.

The vice-chairman of the Capital Market Authority said the new growth parallel market is planned as a channel to diversify investments, increase their pace and establish new projects.

Meanwhile, Riyadh's Ministry of Labour and Social Development has issued a statement denying rumours that labour law changes would allow improved end-of-service benefits to expats. Reports that expat workers would be entitled to two months’ pay for each year of service as an end of service benefit are untrue, according to the ministry’s spokesman. The present rule of half a month’s salary for the time worked up to five years plus one month’s salary for every remaining year will continue to be the norm for calculating end of service benefits.

Source: Kuwait Times, International Investor
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