School principals get more powers

Updated 15 January 2016
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School principals get more powers

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education (MoE) has decided to grant additional powers to principals of around 350,000 schools across the Kingdom to remove bureaucratic hurdles.
The number of powers the principals will enjoy will be 60 as against the previous 52, local media reported, quoting sources, on Thursday.
The new powers include increasing the school hours for any group of students by a maximum of one hour to implement an educational program. However, this will have to be done with the approval of the students and their parents, and notify the education department.
They will also be able to name some of the facilities in the schools after martyrs or other active members of society, but will have to follow the necessary procedures in this regard.
The principals will now have the right to combine the interval break hours according to the need, besides granting teaching or non-teaching staff three-day leave in case of death in their family and a day’s leave for male teachers in case his wife gives birth to a child.
One of the most important powers granted to principals is to allow them to transfer the items of the operational budget once during the academic year.
The MoE is currently working on adopting new extensive powers for school principals and directors of education offices across the regions of the country. As part of this, a committee, comprising 11 senior officials of the ministry and headed by Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa, has been appointed.
The MoE has emphasized that the committee draws up a comprehensive development plan for the education departments. The plan should include six aspects relating to the administrative and educational work of the departments and new mechanisms to choose the leadership and professionally develop their skills.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.