‘Sorceress’ principal demoted to teacher

Updated 16 October 2014

‘Sorceress’ principal demoted to teacher

The principal of an elementary school has accused colleagues of leveling false charges against her, which resulted in her demotion to a teacher's position.
Majida Al-Shaffie, who was the principal at the fourth elementary school in Al-Kaaki district, was quoted as saying in local media that she suffered a nervous breakdown and collapsed when the education department sent her a letter stating that she would be demoted.
Al-Shaffie's husband, Ibrahim Alnmir, said teachers accused his wife of sorcery, spying on teachers and raising the grades of students to improve the school's standing.
He said that his wife was the victim of a conspiracy to oust her, involving some female teachers and supervisors in the department. “They intend to destroy her honorable history as a teacher, and the efforts she made to turn the school into an exemplary model of learning,” he said.
“My wife was the subject of malicious complaints from teachers and anonymous persons. The complaints were probed and found groundless. When my wife decided to file a case in the courts against these plots, she was dismissed from her position.”
The teacher said she had 25 years of service in the education field, with 14 of those years in the administrative department, and more than 60 certificates of recognition from her supervisors, parents and government agencies.
Abdulaziz bin Saad Al-Thaqafi, media spokesperson of the education department, said the former headmaster had violated regulations and was sanctioned. He said a committee of headmasters and deputies had studied the actions of Al-Shaffie and concluded she had committed too many violations and should be demoted.
He said there was now an investigation under way to know how she managed to get so many commendations for good performance.

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019

Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.