Sultanate of Oman.. Rumors of “new fees” raise controversy and Sohar Steel workers will not be laid off | A homeland tweeting outside the flock


A rumor spread on social media in the Sultanate of Oman, sparking widespread controversy about the imposition of new fees for the use of school transportation.

Several Omani accounts, including the “Oman Without Rumors” account on Twitter, denied the validity of this information.

The account said in a tweet to him on Twitter, which was monitored by (Watan): “There is no truth to what is being circulated about the imposition of fees for the use of school transportation, and the amendment issued relates to the contract concluded between the Ministry of Education and the owner of the means of transportation.”

Ministerial decision to amend the provisions of the regulation of school transportation

Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed Al Shaibaniya, Minister of Education in the Sultanate of Oman, had issued Ministerial Resolution No. 190/2021 amending some provisions of the regulation regulating school transportation.

This is based on Royal Decree No. 79/2020 defining the competencies of the Ministry of Education and approving its organizational structure, and Ministerial Resolution No. 34/2018 determining fees for services provided by the Ministry of Education.

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It was also based on the regulation of school transportation issued by Ministerial Resolution No. 58/2020

The ministerial decision stipulated the replacement of Annex No. (1) attached to the aforementioned school transportation regulation, the annex attached to this decision.

A statement on the “dismissal of Sohar Steel workers”

In another context, the Omani Ministry of Labor issued a statement regarding the layoffs of workers in Sohar Steel.

The ministry said in a statement monitored by Watan that the ministry, as soon as it became aware of Sohar Steel’s intention to terminate the services of a number of the company’s national workforce, began coordinating to organize a meeting with stakeholders in the Sohar Steel Company, the General Federation of Sultanate Workers, and the company’s workers union.

The meeting was held this morning, Sunday, at the Ministry’s general office in the office of the Undersecretary for Labor.

During the meeting, the financial conditions that the company is going through were identified, and it was agreed to set a specific time plan to address these situations.

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Provided that the company maintains its national workforce on top of their work and withdraws the termination notice that was sent to a number of the company’s employees.

The Ministry of Labor confirmed that the topic of services for the national workforce in the private sector enjoys continuous follow-up and constitutes a great priority for it.

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