Ministry cancels plan to appoint national teachers in place of expatriates

DUBAI -The Ministry of Education and Youth (MoEY) has withdrawn its plan to appoint 200 national teachers in place of expatriates after it failed to get the approval of the Ministry of Finance.

By Mohsen Rashid

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Published: Thu 24 Jun 2004, 9:56 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:03 PM

Sources in the Financial Department at the MoEY told Khaleej Times that the Ministry had asked the educational zones in the country to submit the names of expatriate teachers whose services could be terminated and replaced by nationals by the end of this year.

The Dubai Educational Zone submitted a list of five names, most of them Maths teachers, Sharjah submitted names of 11 teachers, most of them English-language, Ajman nine names and Umm Al Quwain nine names of teachers of English language.

Meanwhile, the source said the Ministry committed a mistake by planning to replace expatriate teachers without keeping in mind the difference between the pay scale of nationals and expatriates.

He said the Ministry was allowed to appoint only 100 national teachers in place of 200 due to the big difference in the pay scale. The ministry withdrew its decision after the Finance Ministry delayed in replying to its request. He said the Ministry created trouble for itself by not submitting the names two months in advance, as it should have.

The source said the services would be terminated according to the rules and regulations of the Ministry.

Minister of Education and Youth, Dr Abdul Aziz Al Shrahan, was requested to terminate the services early to avoid any problem in the next academic year.

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