The Ministry of Education has announced its employees will not be allowed to transfer their residence visas to the private sector, a local daily reported.

The decision to ban transferring government employees to the private sector comes within the government’s plan to dismiss 50 percent of expats working in the public sector.

The majority of expats work in the private sector as only 10 percent of the 1.4 million people of the workforce are employed in the public sector.

Although the ministry’s employees are barred from transferring over to the private sector, four groups of people are exempt from the transfer ban. They include husbands and children of Kuwaiti women and wives of Kuwaiti men, as well as those who were born in Kuwait.

Also exempt are Palestinians with travel documents and technical professionals working in the health sector who are licensed by the Ministry of Health to practice medical activities.