Expatriate fees issue heating up

Updated 19 November 2012

Expatriate fees issue heating up

The Council of Saudi Chambers said yesterday that it would give a petition to higher authorities to force the Labor Ministry to withdraw the decision to impose an annual fee of SR 2,400 for every expatriate in excess of Saudis in private companies.
Saleh Al-Sayyed, a member of the National Committee for Contractors, said there is another plan to file a lawsuit against the ministry at the Court of Grievances if it does not revise the controversial decision. About 95 percent of some two million workers in the contracting sector are expatriates.
Contracting companies said they would give the ministry details of the huge cost they would incur as a result. Many firms are likely to leave the market as a result of the decision.


Saudi Education Ministry launches training program

Updated 11 min 54 sec ago

Saudi Education Ministry launches training program

  • The five-day program is aimed at people interested in research and studies on education policies

RIYADH: The Saudi Education Ministry has launched a training program titled “Effective reform foundations for education policies: Research and policymaking,” presented by the Education Policy Research Center in cooperation with the World Bank. 
The five-day program, taking place on Dec. 9-13, is aimed at people interested in research and studies on education policies.
The program’s topics include managing an effective education system, supporting teachers, promoting concepts and means to finance education, building foundations for early childhood education, and strengthening students’ evaluation and curriculums. 
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Bidyawi, the ministry’s undersecretary for planning and development, inaugurated the program.
He said it aims to introduce trainees to the most important issues of education policies to qualify them as researchers in the field, thus contributing to building capacities in the field of improving educational policies and decision-making.
He also shed light on the partnership between the ministry and the World Bank, which aims to implement programs to develop the education system in line with the Saudi leadership’s aspirations and ambitions.