Assembly panel approves quotas for expat teachers’ hiring in Kuwait

MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei

KUWAIT: The parliament’s educational affairs committee yesterday approved a proposal by MP Omar Al-Tabtabaei to set certain quotas per nationality of public education teachers with the aim of diversifying expertise and enrich the educational process, said parliamentary sources. The sources added that the committee also recommended that expat teachers should be recruited from countries with a high education quality ranking.

The sources added that a previous international report assessing Kuwait’s educational system had blamed the Ministry of Education (MoE) for hiring a large number of teachers from a certain country with low educational ranking and warned that those teachers are behind students’ poor standards. The report also urged Kuwait to rely more on local teachers, and if needed, hire teachers from countries with highly-ranked educational systems with a limited number of teachers from each country. The sources also noted that MoE had already adopted this recommendation before the committee approved it and stopped hiring teachers from that “certain” country.

By A Saleh