KUWAIT: The Civil Services Commission (CSC) has succeeded in nominating 10,482 citizens to work in various government bodies within 86 days – from June 30 till Sept 24, 2020 – CSC Director Ahmad Al-Jassar told Al-Rai Arabic daily. Jassar described the nominations as an achievement for both CSC and government bodies. “Nominees included 6,465 holders of university degrees, 2,283 with diplomas, 1,136 with high school certificates, 353 with intermediate school certificates or lower, 175 with intermediate school certificates or higher, 68 with master’s degrees and two with PhDs,” Jassar explained.
Jassar considered nominating over 10,000 citizens in less than three months as an achievement for CSC in view of the extraordinary circumstances Kuwait is going through. He stressed that CSC is always keen on nominating those registered in its employment system through government bodies’ integrated systems and according to those bodies’ needs.
Meanwhile, Al-Qabas daily reported yesterday quoting education ministry sources that the CSC sent a request to ministry officials asking for details of 1,961 expatriate teachers in public schools, who could be replaced with Kuwaiti teachers after the end of the 2020/2021 in July next year. There are no guarantees that the teachers, who teach Islamic studies, history, geography, psychology and philosophy, could lose their jobs, “but the CSC requires their information to study the possibility of replacing them with Kuwaiti teachers as part of the public sector jobs’ Kuwaitization process,” the report reads.
Source: Kuwait Times
KUWAIT: The Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) informed local authorities that expat passengers can use the Kuwait Mobile ID application as proof of having residency permit while traveling. Official letters were sent to the foreign ministry to inform embassies abroad and foreign embassies in Kuwait, the interior ministry to inform border outlets and the airport, and to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to inform airlines, travel agencies and international airports’ authorities to allow expats to enter Kuwait using the smartphone app.
Any person who has a digital civil ID can use the application to prove his residency and enter Kuwait, in addition to using it for all transactions, PACI said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Kuwait on Thursday expanded its COVID-19 ban on incoming commercial flights from “high-risk” nations to include Argentina, France and Yemen, but has removed Singapore from the list. This decision comes in accordance with the instructions of health authorities, DGCA said in a press statement.
The list now includes a total 34 countries. The remaining countries are Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Hong Kong, Hungary, Lebanon, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Sri Lanka, and Syria. – KUNA
By Nawara Fattahova
KUWAIT: The education ministry yesterday announced the results of grade 12 students of public and private Arabic schools in the science, arts and religion streams for the 2019-2020 academic year. The success (passing) rate was 99.7 percent in the science field, 97.89 percent in arts and 96 percent in religious education. Some students even attained a full 100 percent result, which was never possible in previous years. The 2019-2020 academic year took place in exceptional and unprecedented circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Education Minister Saud Al-Harbi congratulated the students and their parents on the conclusion of the 2019-2020 academic year and announcement of the results. “I hope God blesses the students with lasting success and excellence, and that their achievement today will enlighten the path of their aspirations during the next stage of their lives,” Harbi said. He said the ministry of education is able to continue its responsibilities during the coming period with confidence and steadfastness.
“We live today in the digital age, which has changed all aspects of life, so we had to prepare the younger generation for what this era requires. We are preparing a generation with science and technology capable of building the future of Kuwait – this is our only and ultimate goal at the ministry of education and ministry of higher education,” stressed Harbi. Nearly 41,000 students in grade 12 in all sections – science, arts, and religion – were registered for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Source: Kuwait Times
KUWAIT: His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah has been handed a rare prestigious decoration by US President Donald Trump for his leading regional and global diplomatic efforts, an Amiri Diwan official said on Friday. The Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander was accepted, on behalf of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait, at a private ceremony in the Oval Office by Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, according to Minister of Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah. It comes in recognition of His Highness the Amir’s tireless efforts and significant leadership role in the region and the world, and as a culmination of the historic and distinguished partnership between Kuwait and the US spanning decades.The award also coincides with the upcoming 60th anniversary of the establishment of relations between both nations. According to the White House, “the Legion of Merit, Degree Chief Commander, is a rarely-awarded, prestigious decoration that can only be bestowed by the president, typically to chiefs of state or heads of government of other countries. The honor was last awarded in 1991.” — KUNA
KUWAIT: Coinciding with World Cleanup Day, the biggest cleanup drive in Kuwait took place yesterday at Khuwaisat Beach near the Jahra desert. Around 5,000 people of various nationalities participated in the campaign, according to Al-Nowair, a private nonprofit organization that organized the event.
Head of Al-Nowair Sheikha Intisar Salem Al-Sabah expressed her pride and happiness at the launch of the campaign titled “Kuwait is Clean”, pointing out that Kuwait is participating in this historic event for the first time, which will strengthen its international position in the field of environmental preservation.
Minister of State for Municipal Affairs Waleed Al-Jassem thanked Al-Nowair, stressing the Municipality constantly supports such volunteer campaigns aiming to create a safe and healthy environment for all. Director General of the Environment Public Authority Sheikh Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah confirmed the importance of such an initiative, which will help in extending the public’s environmental awareness.
Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs for International Organizations Nasser Abdullah Al-Hein said the ministry is keen to participate in this event due to the importance of the issue locally and internationally. He praised the distinguished efforts by Sheikha Intisar over the years to preserve the environment. Deputy Chief of Staff of the Supply Authority at the Defense Ministry Maj Gen Ali Abdul Hadi Al-Shanfa said the ministry’s higher leadership is keen to participate in this campaign.
US Ambassador Alina Romanowski said that the embassy was eager to join the international community in its responsibility to preserve a clean environment, indicating that participation in yesterday’s event was part of global efforts in this regard. Canadian Ambassador Wes Pierre Edmond indicated that both countries are interested in addressing climate change and environment preservation, praising at the same time government bodies and the private sector for their contributions to this global event.
UN Secretary General’s Representative and Resident Coordinator to Kuwait Tareq Al-Sheikh, UN Ambassador to Kuwait Christian Tieu Dunn, and member of the Municipal Council Maha Al-Baghli expressed appreciation and pride to participate in such an international event. World Cleanup Day is an annual global social action program aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris. It is coordinated by the Estonian organization Let’s Do It! World.
Source: Kuwait Times
KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Cabinet held its weekly session on Monday at Seif Palace under the chairmanship of by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. After the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Interior and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Anas Al-Saleh stated the following: His Highness the Prime Minister briefed the Cabinet at the outset of the meeting on the improvement of His Highness the Amir’s health, expressing best wishes and hopes for His Highness’s speedy recovery.
The Cabinet also urged everyone to obtain information related to His Highness the Amir health from the official sources. Later, Minister of Health Sheikh Dr Basel Al-Sabah briefed the Cabinet on the latest heath developments in the country in light of statistics and data related to the numbers of coronavirus cases of infection, recovery, deaths and those receiving treatment.
He pointed out that recovery rate has increased whereas fatalities and hospitalizations have went down. Interior Minister Anas Al-Saleh informed the Cabinet of measures taken by the ministry regarding monitoring a number of locations that held ‘primaries’ in violation of Law 35/1962 regarding elections for National Assembly membership and its amendments, which criminalizes organization and/or participation of such elections.
Furthermore, the Cabinet discussed the outcome of the no-confidence voting session against Saleh, also Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs, as well as the Minister of Education and Minister of Higher Education Saud Al-Harbi, held last Thursday regarding the renewal of the parliament’s confidence in the two ministers. His Highness the Prime Minister congratulated the ministers on obtaining the confidence of MPs. – KUNA
By Ben Garcia
KUWAIT: Kuwait will stop issuing work permits for expats aged over 60 without a university degree from Jan 1, 2021. Domestic helpers, however, are exempt from the decision. The decision will impact more than 100,000 expatriates living and working in Kuwait.
Marina came to Kuwait in 1985, and works as a beauty consultant at a salon. She is now 62 years old and is ready to leave if the government will not renew her iqama. Marina has been with the salon for the last nine years.
“I came from Saudi Arabia in 1983, and at the end of my contract, I went back to the Philippines. While still at the airport, I met an employer from Kuwait. She asked me if I wanted to come back and work in Kuwait. I said yes, so she told me to hand a copy of my passport so they can process the visa, and indeed after a month, I got the visa. That woman was my employer from 1985 to 1990. I went back to the Philippines at the height of the Gulf War,” Marina told Kuwait Times.
“The same employer told me to come back in 1992. When she died in 1995, I asked them if they could release me, and they did. I then worked at a bakery from 1996 until 2011. After working with them for almost 15 years, I transferred to a salon and spa as a beautician because I heard they were giving a good salary. So from 2011 until now, I am with the salon working as a beautician,” she said. “I have experience and I am sharing it with others. I like the work and will do it until God says enough,” she said.
But Marina will soon be out of a job, as she is now 62. “I heard the bad news. As you see, I am still able to work – I feel like I’m 40 only. I haven’t even been to a hospital in the past, so I know my health is still good. I know I can work maybe until I am 80, but they already passed this rule, so I will respect and accept my fate come January,” she said.
Her visa expires in February next year. “My employer will try to use wasta, but she told me she doesn’t know if she will succeed. If not, I am ready to pack my bags and leave. My daughter wants me home. I told her until my health is okay and Kuwait is allowing me to stay, I will stay. But we all have to face reality – I am now 62 and if they say go, I will go,” Marina said.
“I will miss this country terribly! I was able to stand alone as a single parent for my child and raised her as good child, and now she has a family of her own. Thank God I am okay, and I can say that I succeeded in life,” she said. “My only request to Kuwait is to help me get a visa when I want to come back. Maybe a visit visa so I can come and hug Kuwait again,” she said.
‘Not ready to leave’
Annie, a guard at a huge shopping mall in Salmiya, has barely two years to go before she reaches the age of 60. “I am afraid – my visa will expire next year. I am 58 now and next year when my employer will apply for a new visa, I will be 59. I am afraid I will not be able to get another visa when they apply for it. As you can see, I am okay – I have no issues with regards to health,” she said.
Annie came to Kuwait as a domestic helper, but was hired by an American subcontractor to work at a US base in 2003. However, her company closed in 2007, prompting her to transfer to a new job at a mall as a guard. “I am not ready to go home. I still want to stay, but if they tell me to go, I will have to leave Kuwait,” she said resignedly.
The new law was agreed upon during the pandemic as part of the government’s plan to cut the overall number of expatriates in the country by as many as 360,000 workers. According to the plan, 150,000 of these will be expats aged over 60. Expats currently make up around 70 percent of Kuwait’s population.
Source: Kuwait Times