Education Ministry seeks to improve quality of education in Saudi Arabia

With school vacations drawing to an end, children are getting ready for the reopening of schools. (SPA)
Updated 14 September 2017
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Education Ministry seeks to improve quality of education in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The spokesman of the Ministry of Education, Moubarak Al-Asseimy, revealed that the ministry aims to raise the quality of education in the Kingdom’s schools, following a decree it issued during Hajj 2017 to grant rented schools a two-years extension before it closes them in case they do not meet the regulatory conditions.
He pointed out that the number of licensed school buildings reached 49; the number of existing schools that have already moved to new educational facilities reached 76; the number of educational buildings under construction is 154; the number of investors who presented transition plans reached 1,157; while 650 others have yet to present their transition plans.
He added that the ministry is working on raising the national and foreign educational level and putting it into competition, confirming that the ministry is committed to providing students with an enabling school environment.
He said that the ministry also adopted a plan to implement its decision regarding non-educational rented buildings with residential or business licenses, and that it has held more than eight workshops with the Agency of National Education and investors.
Concerning contracts and salaries of national schoolteachers, Al-Asseimy said that the ministry and the relevant committees are working on clear steps, indicating that contracts concluded with some of the teachers followed the uniform outline agreed upon that protects teachers’ rights and that the conclusion was made with the teachers’ consent after their contract expiration.
Al-Asseimy stated that the contract’s uniform outline guarantees teachers’ rights and holidays, and that the ministry has implemented a plan in order to be informed of any school that does not abide by the outline, along with ongoing inspections done by educational administrations to control contracts and the educational process.
Meanwhile, more than 50,000 teachers and administrators are getting ready to receive students across different educational stages in Jeddah for the 2017-2018 school year on Sunday.
The director general of the General Directorate of Education in Jeddah, Abdullah Al-Thaqafi, maintained that all educational and administrative staff will prepare their schools for receiving students within the framework of implementing the “Professional Preparation” program which aims to enhance the educational process through the professional development of teachers and educational supervisors.
The deputy director general for educational affairs, Yahya Al-Qahtani, stated that the “Professional Preparation” program is based on developing the potentials of teachers and completing the preparations for the new school year. He also clarified that the preparation week involves an intensive training plan for about 130 quality training programs in the educational field.
The General Directorate of Education in Jeddah recently launched “My School” project which aims to familiarize the “school society,” as well as all society members, with the basic components of the school and the supporting programs.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.