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Education Ministry OKs transport agreements for female teachers

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education is moving forward on implementing the teacher transport project by appealing to transport companies with years of experience in the educational transportation field.
Officials overseeing the King Abdullah Program for Educational Development, Tatweer, and responsible for the issue of transportation at the Ministry of Education, had conducted numerous meetings and interviews over the past few months with officials at teacher transport companies in Asir. Following a competitive bidding period, the companies — which had all united under the umbrella of one specialized company — emerged successful and were granted licenses from the Ministry of Transport as the first company in Asir to transport teachers.
Sources reveal the Ministry of Education’s transport project in Asir is still in its first phase, which includes giving these companies the green light to carry out their activities in accordance with direct contracts between the teacher and the company. A development company is working on evaluating the work of the new company via field visits.
As per the requirements of the Tatweer project, transportation companies are required to provide newer model vehicles, equip them with monitoring systems, and establish an operations room to monitor vehicles. No more than nine teachers may be present in the vehicle at once, while emergency service sites are to be set up and a number of empty vehicles will be present along the road for use in any emergency situation.
Director of the teachers’ transport company in Asir, Turki Al-Ghamdi, said the company has sought to comply with all requirements and regulations set by the Ministry of Transport and Roads, and the company will employ Saudi drivers who have the necessary driving and technical skills and whose family situations allow them to commit to daily work.
He said his company is facing harassment from other companies and individuals who carry out teacher transportation activities. These companies have no licenses as they were not able to provide the necessary guarantees to obtain them, but offer attractive and lower prices in order to win customers, he explained.

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