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Kuwait: Under-performing teachers to be reassigned

Decision aims to boost teaching levels in the country

Gulf News

Manama: Kuwaiti teachers who fail to meet teaching standards will be reassigned to perform clerical work, the education ministry has said.

The decision aims to boost learning and teaching levels in the country and enhance the students’ academic aptitudes. Non-Kuwaiti teachers who do not perform according to standards will have their contracts with the education ministry terminated, according to a report in Kuwaiti daily Al Jareeda on Sunday.

The heads of educational districts will use their discretion and reports from inspectors to make the decisions regarding the status of the teachers.

Nayef Al Hajref, the education minister, in his circular said that the reassignment of teachers could be implemented starting April 15.

Until the new decision, the education ministry gave Kuwaiti teachers a grace period of two academic years to prove their competence. Teachers were reassigned only after failing over two years to meet the standards set by the education ministry. However, under the new rules, the education district head can now reassign a teacher any time in his or her first year.