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.


KSRelief team reviews works in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

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KSRelief team reviews works in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

JEDDAH: A team of specialists from the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief), headed by Abdulaziz bin Salem Al-Quraini, visited Rohingya Refugee Camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh on Friday.
The visitors inspected the warehouses both at the Sadar Hospital in Cox’s Bazar and the Malaysian-run field hospital, which were set up and supported by the KSRelief to provide medical services to the refugees.
The team examined the medical equipment delivered by the KSRelief to support both the hospitals where they were briefed on expansion work and the equipment and medical solutions for the treatment of cholera.
During the visit, the team witnessed the delivery of intravenous medical solutions for the treatment of cholera in the hospital, in the presence of World Health Organization (WHO) representatives.
The team learned about services provided by the Sadar District Hospital and toured its most important departments, speaking to patients about their needs. Later they visited the site of the proposed expansion project that aims to provide secondary health care to residents of the area and Rohingya refugees.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, KSRelief and the WHO have undertaken a joint improvement project to enhance health care services at the Sadar Hospital for Rohingyas and their host communities. It aims to double the number of in-patient beds to 500, improve trauma and emergency obstetric care services and boost outpatient care.
Funds will be also used to revamp wards for men, women and children, develop the laboratory, update the intensive care unit and surgery wards to accommodate an additional 250 beds, as well as supplying medicines and equipment.
Additional doctors, nurses and cleaners will be hired to help improve the hospital services and training will be conducted in infection prevention and treating diseases such as diarrhea.
This visit is a continuation of the generous directives of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who have provided urgent assistance to Rohingyas refugees fleeing to Myanmar’s neighbors.