Saudi education ministry says students of all grades will progress to next year

Saudi education ministry says students of all grades will progress to next year
A classroom is seen closed, after the Ministry of Education decided to suspend studies in Saudi Arabia, following the outbreak of the coronavirus, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia March 9, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 16 April 2020

Saudi education ministry says students of all grades will progress to next year

Saudi education ministry says students of all grades will progress to next year
  • The ministry said the grades of the first semester will be adopted for the second semester

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s education ministry has decided that students of all grades will progress to the next year of their program of studies. 
A statement by the ministry said the grades of the first semester will be adopted for the second semester. This will be applied to students in the kindergarten, elementary, middle school and secondary levels. 
It said that teaching would continue as normal through distance-education tools until the end of their academic year.  
Students then will be progressed to the following year of their academic programs. 
For secondary level, students will be considered passed in all subjects in this semester without negatively affecting their average.


Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

Updated 02 December 2020

Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators

Saudi Arabia ranked safest among G20 nations, according to international indicators
  • Results ranked Kingdom ahead of five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s progress has led to the Kingdom ranking first among G20 nations for safety, outperforming the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (UNSC), international safety indicators showed on Wednesday.

The results were revealed through five security indicators included in the Global Competitiveness Report 2019, and the Sustainable Development Goals Index 2020 (SDG Index 2020).

The SDG index ranked the Kingdom first among G20 nations, and ahead of the five permanent UNSC members — US, Russia, China, UK and France — in the percentage of population who feel safe walking alone at night. Saudi Arabia also performed better than Canada within the G20 countries.

Saudi Arabia also ranked first in the reliability of police services index; an indicator which measures public confidence in law enforcement and its success in achieving order and safety. The Kingdom topped the G20, and surpassed the five permanent UNSC members in this index as well.

The Kingdom also outperformed the five UNSC countries in an index measuring the effectiveness of combating organized crime, as stated by the Global Competitiveness Report 2019. Saudi Arabia came in second in the same index among G20 nations.

The Global Competitiveness Report issued by the World Economic Forum also showed that the Kingdom advanced three positions, now ranking 36 globally in international competitiveness.

The report pointed out the Kingdom’s energetic steps forward to diversify its economy, with expectations of growth in the non-oil sector. The report also discussed the emergence of more investments outside the mining industry within the public and private sectors in the next few years.

The report commended the Kingdom's strong determination to undertake structural reforms, its widespread adoption of communication technology, and its high potential for innovation, especially in terms of patent registration.