Illiteracy rate drops to 3.21% in KSA

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Updated 07 September 2015
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Illiteracy rate drops to 3.21% in KSA

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will join the international community in celebrating International Literacy Day on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Undersecretary at the Ministry of Education, Abdul Rahman bin Mohammed Al-Barrak, said the Kingdom was able to successfully reduce the illiteracy rate from as high as 60 percent to 3.21 percent in 1435 AH (2014), due in large part to the support of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the efforts of Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil.
He said the Kingdom is still doing its best to achieve its goal of completely eliminating illiteracy.
Starting from the second semester of the current academic year 1436/1437 AH, he said a number of comprehensive activities will be launched as part of the Arab Decade Project endorsed by Arab leaders during the 2015 Arab Summit Conference in Sharm El-Sheikh to eradicate illiteracy.
As for the annual International Literacy Day celebrations, Al-Barrak said the event is a great occasion to exchange global and regional experiences and latest developments, as well as provide opportunities for coordination and mobilization of civil society groups to promote literacy, education and raise awareness.
He said all departments of education will hold different educational activities, and will include participation of specialists, community members and media organizations.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.