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Kuwait plans to cut expat teacher numbers by 25% - official

Ministry of Education undersecretary’s comments apparently part of wider crackdown on expatriates

Kuwait plans to cut expat teacher numbers by 25% - official
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Kuwait is preparing to reduce the number of expatriate teachers in the country by 25 percent from the beginning of the next school year, a senior official has said.

Assistant Undersecretary for Public Education at the Ministry of Education Fatima Al Kandari said that the teachers would be given three months’ notice, according to the Arab Times.

She also said that the cuts would focus on areas where there are already a high number of Kuwaiti, GCC and Bidoon teachers, such as social studies.

Several Kuwaiti government officials have made statements regarding the high number of expatriates in the country in recent months.

Earlier this month, Arabic daily Al Anba reported that expats in Kuwait aged over 50 would be forced to leave the country under a new measure announced to reduce the number of foreign workers.

The age limit would apply to people working for the Kuwaiti government and in professions where vacancies can be filled by Kuwaitis.

However, on Monday, a Kuwaiti ministry reportedly denied the country plans to cut expat numbers to rebalance its demography.

Various ministers have announced plans to reduce Kuwait’s reliance on expats, which make up about two-thirds of the total 3 million population. In 2013, the then-Minister of Social Affairs said the number of expats would be cut by 100,000 annually for 10 years.

But on Tuesday, Arab Times reported that officials from the Ministry of Planning denied foreigners would be forced out of the country.

The officials said expat workers were required for the country to develop, and even government departments and agencies had requested skilled expats be employed.

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