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 official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

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Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to 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.

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