Assistant Undersecretary for Financial Affairs at Ministry of Education Yousef Al-Najjar says the current budget of the ministry is not sufficient to pay housing allowances for female expatriate teachers, even though the Civil Service Commission had recently approved the provision of KD 150 monthly housing allowance retroactively from April 1, 2011, reports Al-Rai daily.
He affirmed that he will request Ministry of Finance to include the total allowance value in the budget so that it can be disbursed to the teachers as soon as it is approved. Al-Najjar indicated that they coordinated with the Administrative Affairs Sector to identify the number of female expatriate teachers and calculate the total value of the housing allowance in order to refer that to Ministry of Finance.
Meanwhile, a number of lawmakers wondered why the monthly housing allowance for female expatriate teachers has been increased from KD60 to KD150 when Kuwaiti women married to non-Kuwaitis are deprived from rental allowance.
They wondered why such a decision was taken when the government is working on reducing subsidies and financial allocations for overseas treatment, adding that the government is talking about reducing expenditures and controlling depletion while approving increase in housing allowance for expatriate teachers.
In this regard, MP Yousef Al-Zalzalah said Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr Bader Al-Essa has clarified that the decision is based on an appeal submitted on the verdict issued by the Constitutional Court after which Civil Service Commission obligated Ministry of Education to enforce the verdict.
Source: Arab Times