`Labour Rules Govern Teachers’ Appointments’

While the confusions regarding the regulations on hiring expatriate housewives as teachers in private schools prevail, Education Ministry yesterday stated that it had no role in the matter concerning appointment of teachers.

A spokesperson at the ministry’s Public Relations Directorate said that the ministry’s Private Education Directorate was preparing its detailed reply on the matter and informed DT that the role of the ministry was limited to following up and catering to curriculum related affairs.

“Our responsibility with respect to teachers and their appointments ends with the approval of the applications based on their qualifications. The rest of the regulations are based on the labour market rules of the Kingdom and hence governed by the Labour Ministry and Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), ” said the spokesperson.

Stressing that the employer-employee relations and rules have nothing to do with the Education Ministry, the spokesperson added that the issues and concerns raised in Media reports on the subject was being studied by the ministry’s Private Education Directorate.

“The ministry will soon come up with clarifications on all queries and concerns, ” assured the spokesperson, as a response to reports that there was a major delay at the Education Ministry in approving the applications of teachers.

DT had yesterday reported that the LMRA has urged private schools to fix up the irregularities related to teachers’ work permits during the summer vacation as it would not hinder the educational process. LMRA chief Ausamah Al Absi had categorically stated that working without a permit was a violation of law that could to lead to the deportation of the individual.

The private schools in the Kingdom that cater to a large population of expatriate and citizen students, are not in a position to hire the entire number of teachers they require on the schools’ visas, due to heavy expenditure. They are also not in a position to hire local teachers for want of expertise.

Thus, the agreement is in place between the schools and the concerned ministries about qualified housewives to be hired on ‘work permits’ who could work as teachers. However, most of the schools have hired teachers and have their permits ‘under process, ’ which Mr Al Absi said, was not the ‘right procedure’ . He had stated that teachers should possess a copy of their work permit and schools should ensure that they secure it well before appointing them.

6 thoughts on “`Labour Rules Govern Teachers’ Appointments’

  1. From.house wife to going transfer my visa in private school.. my question. Can.I sponsor my daughter under my visa.. she is 4 year.old..
    Thanking You

    Regards.

  2. Good morning sir,I was working as a Math teacher in one school,suddenly in emergency I went to India for one week which was not approved by Principal.After 1 week when I went to join school,he said ur contract has been terminated if u want join ,join as a fresher.I didn’t agree for that and when I asked to do my settlement…..they r saying since u left the School in middle…. ur settlement will not be done.But Sir I didn’t left the School….they did not given any option to join the school….. now what shall I do …..how can I get my settlement done.one more thing…..when I went to India at that time only they hired new teacher in place of me……so there is no question of of loss to school.They didn’t even said me to work for 1 month and resign.neither I gave resignation too.just they forced me to leave the job.kindly advice me how to get my settlement done.thank u.

    • dear client,

      For all questions regarding Employment contracts, leave entitlements , disputes, complaints, grievances against employers, you need to contact the Ministry of Labour. Please note that this is not part of the LMRA mandate and we cannot interfere between employers and employees, you are requested to lodge a formal complaint and submit any supporting documents to the complaints department of the Ministry of Labour in Isa Town , for more information visit http://www.mol.gov.bh

      Kindly contact LMRA call center on +973 17506055, or you can contact our e-Support helpdesk through https://services.lmra.bh/e-support/ to clarify your issue.

      Regards

  3. Hello,
    I am an American citizen in the teaching profession who is considering working in Bahrain. I have been trained and am certified to teach English in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. How do I find out about position openings, teacher licensure, housing, and other relevant information?

    • Dear client,
      For all questions regarding Employment contracts, leave entitlements , disputes, complaints, grievances against employers, you need to contact the Ministry of Labour. Please note that this is not part of the LMRA mandate and we cannot interfere between employers and employees, you are requested to lodge a formal complaint and submit any supporting documents to the complaints department of the Ministry of Labour in Isa Town , for more information visit http://www.mol.gov.bh

      Kindly contact LMRA call center on +973 17506055, or you can contact our e-Support helpdesk through https://services.lmra.bh/e-support/ to clarify your issue.
      Regards,

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