Saudi education minister to announce winners of e-learning award

Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa.
Updated 05 March 2018
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Saudi education minister to announce winners of e-learning award

RIYADH: Winners of the 4th Excellence Award in e-learning will be honored on Monday by Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Issa, education minister and chairman of the National Center for e-Learning (NCeL), at the Education Ministry in Riyadh, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
During the ceremony, he will also launch the Saudi Resources Network for Open Educational Resources (Shams) and the 5th Excellence Award in e-Learning.
The event will be attended by university rectors, directors of education departments, and representatives of winning institutions.
Shams, one of the NCeL’s most important initiatives, will provide resources and expertise, and will be one of the largest Arabic educational networks, said NCeL General Manager Abdullah Al-Megren.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.