The dismissal of proselytizers will affect academic performance
University officials have told the Kuwaiti Civil Service Commission, the country’s official employment agency, that the dismissal of expatriates currently working at the university will affect the institution’s academic activities. Al Qaeda’s newspaper reported that the authorities were moving the university from the old campus to the new campus due to overcrowding and therefore needed more staff. At the same time, more staff will have to be hired as the number of students increases. In such a scenario, the dismissal of the current foreign staff would affect the functioning and quality of the university, officials said.
It will take time until the current batch study is completed
Students who take admission for the new academic year will take four years to complete their studies. Until then, the university’s position is that existing staff should be allowed to continue and that they should not be dismissed and replaced before then. Al-Qabas reported that the university, as an autonomous body, has the power to make its own decisions on academic and staffing matters, and that the Civil Service Commission has no legal right to intervene in the matter.
391 expatriate employees to be laid off
According to the repatriation system, which has been in place in the country since 2017 under the auspices of the Civil Service Commission, 391 of the 534 foreign staff at Kuwait University will be laid off and replaced by natives by this year. This is part of the process of maintaining the rate of repatriation each year. Most of the foreign staff at the university are working in the administration department. However, university officials said they could not dismiss them for four years. Officials told the Civil Service Commission that this level of repatriation could only be achieved after four years. But the commission’s response to this is not known.
Forward with strong repatriation measures
Meanwhile, the Kuwait Civil Service Commission had said yesterday that repatriation policies would remain strong in the country. The decision is aimed at creating more jobs for the natives in the wake of the financial crisis and unemployment created by the Kovid Pandemic. The commission had said that the nationalization of government institutions in the country had entered its final stage. As part of this, the Commission has directed all government agencies in the country to submit an estimate of the number of expatriates currently employed. This is to find out which institutions are lagging behind in achieving the level of indigenization.
Warning that the budget allocation of institutions will be withheld
The commission had earlier said in a letter to government agencies that it would take action against government agencies that did not meet the legal repatriation requirements by dismissing expatriate workers. The commission has decided to temporarily freeze the budget allocation for such institutions. The amount will be released only if the natives are recruited according to the degree of repatriation. The repatriation policy, which began in 2017, stipulates that by the end of 2022, all employees in all government institutions must be nationals. It is proposed to provide statistics on the number of expatriates and the number of expatriates in the total number of existing jobs. The commission has directed the finance ministry to suspend funds for institutions that do not meet the repatriation target from July 1.
Indigenization in the private sector as well
Meanwhile, the Civil Service Commission has directed that only nationals be employed in various jobs in the private sector along with the government sector in the country. Jobs in Information Technology, Maritime, Literature, Media, Art, Public Relations, Administration and Statistics will be fully nationalized by this coming September. The plan is to dismiss expatriates currently working in these areas. In addition, the Public Authority of Manpower has formed a special committee to study and formulate plans for strengthening the participation of Kuwaiti citizens in the private sector. The committee will also submit guidelines for its implementation.