Palestinian teachers return to Kuwait after 25-year absence

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-22 02:32:05|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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KUWAIT, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The first batch of Palestinian teachers on Monday returned to Kuwait for the 2017-18 school year, ending a 25-year absence.

Kuwaiti government agreed last year to lift a ban on hiring Palestinian teachers, many of whom left the country during Iraq's 1990-91 invasion and occupation of Kuwait, to improve the level of education.

The Kuwaiti Education Ministry, which asked the Palestinian embassy to recruit Palestinian teachers for the 2017-18 school year, signed in April contracts with 105 Palestinian math and science teachers, including males and females, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

Haitham Al-Athari, undersecretary of the Education Ministry, told KUNA that the ministry sought to hire Palestinian teachers "whose expertise would contribute to educational improvement."

Al-Athari added that the ministry was keen to recruit excellent teachers regardless of their nationalities, though Kuwaiti teachers remain the main contributor to elevating the teaching process to higher levels.

Mohammad Al-Huwailah, chairman of the Education Committee at the National Assembly, said he was confident the Palestinian teachers would boost educational level in Kuwait.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a statement earlier this month, hoped the success of the Palestinian educators in Kuwait will "open the door for the triumphant return of Palestinian instructors to the Gulf region."

"We trust you to carry on the legacy of the Palestinian teachers," Abbas said.

Palestinian teachers accounted for 49 percent of overall teachers in Kuwait between 1965 and 1975, KUNA reported.