Education Ministry OKs transport agreements for female teachers

Updated 24 August 2015
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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.


Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

Updated 45 min 22 sec ago
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Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

  • Saudi official told Reuters that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team
  • The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters

DUBAI: The instructions of the head of the Khashoggi mission were based on a previous directive to negotiate the return of members of opposition, a Saudi official told Reuters in a report published on Sunday.

The source said that the primary reports on the mission were not accurate so they had to investigate further, and that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team.

The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters.

The previous negotiation directive did not require the person in charge to obtain approvals from leadership, the official added.

According to the Saudi official’s reports to Reuters, primary findings showed that the death was a result of choking during at attempt to stop Khashoggi from raising his voice.

The negotiation team disobeyed orders, abused their authority and used violence, and there are 18 suspects in the Khashoggi case and they are currently detained pending an investigation, according to the official.

(Developing)