In a development that may create a problem for expatriate doctors working in the government, the Education Ministry rejected a request made by the Health Ministry to admit children of expat doctors in public schools.
The Education Ministry explained that rules and regulations do not allow the registration of expat children in public schools, saying that doctors’ children are not among a list of those exempted from the condition. Informed health sources, however, found the Education Ministry’s rejection as strange despite the continued discussions, correspondence and coordination with the Education Ministry in this regard.
The sources added that the rejection ‘shocked’ the doctors affected, saying that the doctors “exert efforts to serve patients in all health facilities.” They added that the Health Ministry will renew its demands for negotiations to ultimately admit the doctors’ children, estimated at 4,800, in public schools. “The Health Ministry is making the call to the Education Ministry in appreciation of the doctors’ service to their patients,” the sources said.