Bus drivers and teachers will apparently be the new focus on the government’s year-long crackdown on absconding workers, the Peninsula reports.
The news comes as Qatar’s Ministry of Interior has announced a raid on some 200 men living illegally in an abandoned school in Musherib.
The penalty for giving shelter to absconding workers or employing them is possible imprisonment and payment of a fine ranging from QR20,000 to QR100,000.
The MOI will now expend more energy checking out schools, and has already taken action against officials who have been found to employ runaway workers, the Peninsula said:
These workers… were found to be on some other sponsorship and the school had hired them illegally. “There were police notifications against these workers, nevertheless they were employed by the school,” the Ministry said. “Legal action has been initiated against school officials.”
The Ministry believes that some schools might be employing runaway drivers, that too, without verifying their credentials. School drivers should be legally required to be trained in First Aid and children’s supervision.