KUWAIT: Education Ministry Undersecretary Dr Haitham Al-Athari formed a committee chaired by Assistant Undersecretary for General Education Fatima Al-Kandari to discuss applications of several expatriate employees sent for retirement to be placed on the “rewards system” after their services are officially terminated by the ministry.

Athari said the committee will decide the ministry’s need for the experience of these expat retirees in various specialties, and the possibility of using them by transferring them to the “rewards” category.

Meanwhile, 10 physical education halls built by the education ministry in Hawally schools have come to the attention of the Corruption Fighting Authority, which wanted answers to 16 questions with regards to the contract. Athari answered all questions with the required documents, and denied that floors were changed from rubber to parquet and that there were no changing orders.

Athari accepted in his answer to the secretary general of the authority Ahmad Al-Rumaihi that there is a delay in completing the contract, most of which is due to work linked to other areas outside the ministry, and the justifications of any time delay will be examined to determine the actual delay, then penalties mentioned in the contract will be applied.

In another development, informed sources at the ministry of electricity and water said all transactions related to the education ministry were stopped because it has not paid its dues for more than a year. The sources said the ministry took this decision after several warnings were sent to the ministry and other government departments for nonpayment, and they will also face suspension of their transactions if they do not pay. — Al-Rai and Al-Jarida