Cairo: Kuwaiti authorities have halted the renewal of residence permits for expatriate teachers still stranded abroad due to travel restrictions caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, a Kuwaiti newspaper reported.
The move is due to fears that online links related to residence renewal fees could be hacked after they were posted on social media, Al Qabas added, citing what he called knowledgeable sources.
The education and interior ministries are coordinating to find an alternative mechanism for the return of stranded teachers whose residence permits have expired, the sources said.
These teachers are expected to obtain visiting entry visas allowing them to return instead of their expired residency permits.
The Ministry of Education is about to draw up lists of teachers still stranded abroad, and send them to the concerned authorities before September to find a mechanism allowing their entry into Kuwait in order to deal with a shortage of teachers before the opening of the new school. year, the source said. The number of teachers, still stranded abroad, is not yet clear.
Similarly, the Acting Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education, Faisal Maqsid, asked the Kuwait Civil Service Commission for the procedures to be followed for the return of administrative staff and non-Kuwaiti teachers who were unable to return due to a recent ban from Kuwait. imposed on flights from 32 countries due to COVID-19 concerns.
Kuwait announced the ban with immediate effect on August 1 until further notice.