Schools in parts of Saudi Arabia remain closed for 4th day due to bad weather

School children in Taif gather during a National Day celebration in this file photo. Schools in Taif are closed on Thursday due to bad weather. (SPA)
Updated 15 February 2018
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Schools in parts of Saudi Arabia remain closed for 4th day due to bad weather

JEDDAH: Schools in parts of Saudi Arabia will be closed Thursday, for the fourth straight day, to maintain the safety of students due to bad weather.
The Madinah Education Authority announced that schools in the Khaybar, Hunakiyah and Wadi Fara'a areas will remain closed, following early warnings issued by the meteorological body cautioning about the extreme wind levels of the dust on the area
Taif University also announced all its campuses will be shut Thursday due to the bad weather conditions.
In the southwest region of Bisha, education authorities announced that schools in the area will remain closed, including the University of Bisha and its campus in Tathlith.
There have been no further announcements of school closures by the Makkah and Jeddah educational authorities, which had made similar announcements in the previous days.
Meanwhile, Madinah Health Affairs General Directorate said they have received 1,384 emergency cases suffering from complications due to the severe dust storms.
Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Civil Defense earlier said that sandstorms had severely restricted visibility in various areas in southwestern Saudi Arabia as well as neighboring parts of the region.
The authorities urged caution, particularly while driving, and stressed that residents of the affected areas should avoid lingering near scaffolding, lampposts, umbrellas, trees, billboards and construction sites.
The General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection expected the sandstorms to continue from Thursday to Monday.


Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

Updated 21 January 2019
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Civil service ministry launches national training program for public sector employees

  • The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel
  • The training program is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030

JEDDAH: A national program aimed to train public sector employees in the field of human resources management has been inaugurated by the Ministry of Civil Service on Sunday.

The “National Program for Rehabilitation and Training of Human Resources Personnel and Leaders in Government Agencies,” which aims to expand the skills of government personnel, is in line with the country’s Vision 2030, according to the ministry.

“The Ministry of Civil Service will spare no effort in carrying out the roles entrusted to it to advance administrative development, including the modernization of the working environment in the public sector,” said Minister of Civil Service Suleiman bin Abdullah during the inauguration.

The program will explore best practices in human resources management in the public sector, and will discuss the basic principles of the employee life cycle. It will also train employees on methodologies of workforce planning, how to motivate employees to achieve their career objectives, how to foster a culture of group work, as well as highlight the role of digital technology in human resource.

Only Saudi nationals who have a college degree are eligible to join the program.

Government agencies will nominate the eligible employees, who will then be enrolled in a five-day course on human resource, where their abilities to obtain a certificate from UK-based Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development will be assessed. Successful candidates will finish a one-year training module, consisting of classroom and on-site activities.