Saudi private schools hiring Saudi teachers to replace expats

Published:  3 Feb at 6 PM
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As a result of many expat teachers showing reluctance to transfer their sponsorships from family members to employers, Saudi private schools are being forced to employ Saudi teachers.

At present, Saudi teachers are a glut on the market, with 76 per cent of the kingdom’s women wishing to be employed in private schools, according to the director of the government’s Human Resources Development Fund. Previously, the Saudi Ministry of Education had ordered that priority be given to local teachers in compliance with the law.

A number of private schools are now replacing expats teachers with Saudis, saying that it’s less confusing for their students as well as giving Saudi women a chance to teach. Najat Ali, human resources head of a Jeddah private school, noted that most Saudi women were uninterested in jobs in commerce or business, preferring to become teachers.

Meanwhile, a proposal by a Kuwaiti lawyer that 20 per cent of expats should leave the emirate every year is sparking a heated debate. Abdullah al Tamimi's plan stated that 1.35 million expats would have to leave during the next five years in order to balance out the country’s demographics.

He added that, as there are just 1.2 million resident Kuwaitis, the number of expats at any one time should not exceed that amount. His plan also suggests that no foreign community should exceed 25 per cent of the total of expats in the kingdom at any one time.

A number of Kuwaiti lawyers are supporting the proposal, but lawyer Hamad al Harshani is against imposing the cap. He told local media that many expatriates are bringing much-needed expertise and experience of great benefit to the country as a whole.
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