Well… it’s the last day. Only a few more hours (as of posting) until you can go home, (pack) and go to the airport. For some of you, this will be your last time at the Kuwait airport (the worst airport in the world). We here at American School of Kuwait Reviews are hoping that all of you make it to international airspace as quickly as possible. We particularly hope that you enjoy the traditional beer and bacon breakfast shared by many staff members upon reaching the airport in Frankfurt.
Oh… wait.. we meant to post this instead. We’re sure you’ll also enjoy the airport in Doha just as much.
Safe travels, everybody.
A friendly reminder to seal your windows if you’re returning to the same apartment next year – you don’t want to show up with dust everywhere just because there are gaps in your windows.
S40 should be fine, don’t worry about that one.
Today’s edition of the Kuwait Times includes a piece by Fajer Ahmed (e-mail), a labor attorney in Kuwait. In summary, the post offers a comparison of the practices of companies in the GCC versus companies in western countries. She suggests that there are many companies that do not follow Kuwait labor law, but that employees don’t often know how to challenge their company.
We know that ASK has had to be pushed quite hard in the past to follow labor laws properly. Some of these include:
- Not paying the full indemnity (or any at all) of departing teachers
- Trying to prevent teachers from moving to another school in Kuwait. They’ve been a little better about this recently, but they still stipulate in their contracts that this is forbidden, even though the practice of prohibiting transfer is illegal in Kuwait.
- Several new moms had to push ASK to be allowed time during their day to pump milk for their babies after returning to work.
If you know of other labor law transgressions at ASK, send them to us here.
To read the full article on the Kuwait times, click here.
Fajer Ahmed is also a regular contributor on labor law in the blog 248am.com. Click here to see a list of all of her articles on that site.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has cancelled the impending ban on the hiring of expatriate workers under the age of 30. Read the full story here.
In the post linked below, we are told that no employers will be able to recruit expatriate workers under the age of 30, and that there are no exceptions, after July of this year. We know it is common for new laws to be suggested or enacted in Kuwait and that they frequently are enforced differently (or not at all) from how the news media advertised it. If you have information about whether this law will actually be enacted and enforced, please contact us.
Today is April 23. This was the AQI early this morning:
That is very unhealthy. There are dust storms 2-3 times per year where the AQI gets this bad. However, there are many days in Kuwait where the AQI is over 150, which is considered unhealthy by the World Health Organization. ASK is particularly poorly equipped to handle days with poor AQI, and in fact, has no policy in place.
The middle school and high school buildings at ASK do not have indoor hallways. As you exit your classroom, you are outside. In addition, many of the classroom doors are not well sealed, so on days with poor AQI, the pollution easily creeps inside. There are some teachers currently and previously at the school who were quite handy with tools – if you are lucky enough to have one of their former classrooms, you may find that they added extra seals to the edges of the door just to help with this.
For most though, if the air is bad outside, it is also bad inside. Students do not have an indoor cafeteria – they eat outside. On the few rainy days of the year, this proves to be an inconvenience and students find teacher’s classrooms or covered areas to eat while shielded from the rain. But on the numerous days where the air is unhealthy, students and faculty alike have no escape.
It would be an easy fix, really, to have doors fitted properly and seals added. And to initiate a policy that on days where the AQI is above a certain value, students must go straight from one class to another and teachers must make their classrooms available during break and lunch times so students have a respite. We hope that administration at ASK reads this article and takes the time to implement such policies.
For more information, you may wish to view the following article, Kuwait, the Second Most Toxic Country in the World.