The Ministry of Education intends to reduce working hours for elementary school teachers whose activities end with the release of results for all grades on May 27, but will be made to remain at work until June 17 when the resit exams for elementary schools will be held, reports a local daily. A source gave information that this decision was taken at a time the ministry started preparing for final examinations for Science, Arts and Religious Education subjects in the secondary level.
He said the situation is problematic for teachers who will be compelled to stay in their respective schools doing nothing throughout the abovementioned period, indicating this will increase power consumption during the summer season.
He explained the ministry is gearing towards reducing the working period to two hours from May 27 to June 17 for the teaching and administrative staff in elementary schools. He explained the teachers will be idle because their work completely depends on the presence of students. He added the idea was adopted from the method used by former Minister of Education Ahmad Al-Mulaifi who once reduced the duration of duty to two hours in a similar situation earlier