40% of Saudi Arabia’s international schools forecast to go bust by 2019

Some international school owners had to cut periodic expenditures by 60 percent and dispense with 20 percent of the teaching staff. (SPA)
Updated 05 November 2017
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40% of Saudi Arabia’s international schools forecast to go bust by 2019

RIYADH: An international education chief has predicted a drop in the number of international schools in the Kingdom and the closure of about 40 percent of these schools by the end of 2018, owing to the low financial returns and high operating expenses.
Ziad Al-Rahma, vice chairman of the National Committee for International Education, said because of the decrease in the number of students by more than 50 percent, some international school owners had to cut periodic expenditures by 60 percent and dispense with 20 percent of the teaching staff, according to Al-Watan Saudi newspaper.
Al-Rahma stressed that there has been no change in the fees of international schools, despite the drop in the number of students by half. There are several reasons for this fall, such as the difficulty of the curriculum.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.