By Sarah Townsend
Education chief forced to defend his department's policy of employing expats as teachers - report
Bahrain’s education minister has been forced to defend his department’s policy in favour of employing expats, according to a report by Gulf Daily News.
Dr Majid Al Nuaimi was summoned to parliament on Tuesday by MPs seeking to uphold the ministry’s 90 percent Bahrainisation rate among teachers in girls’ schools.
Al Nuaimi responded that this is not always possible because of a shortage of skilled Bahraini teachers in the country.
“We want qualified and quality teachers, but logically we can’t have teachers who are doctors or bankers or journalists.
“This brings us to the problem of huge shortages of male teachers for subjects such as English, French and music.”
There are simply not enough male Bahraini teachers to meet demand, Al Nuaimi concluded – and this is despite the ministry contacting Bahrain’s embassies and cultural liaison groups across the world to scout for Bahraini talent abroad, the newspaper reported.
Al Nuaimi added: “We have Bahrainis in all our administrative and support roles, mostly females, and we can’t take anymore Bahrainis unless someone retires, and the majority are young.”