Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

The Iranian-backed Houthi militia has been carrying out multiple drone attacks against the Kingdom for the past week. (File/AFP)
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Updated 27 October 2020

Arab coalition destroys Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia

  • The Arab coalition earlier destroyed four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen

DUBAI: The Arab coalition intercepted and destroyed a Houthi drone targeting Saudi Arabia’s southern region on Tuesday, state news agency SPA reported.
The Iranian-backed Houthi militia has been carrying out multiple drone attacks against the Kingdom for the past week.
The Arab coalition earlier destroyed four explosive-laden drones in two attacks launched from Yemen targeting the south of the Kingdom.
Three of the drones were destroyed early on Saturday and a fourth on Sunday.


Hybrid learning is the future, says Saudi deputy minister of education

Updated 7 min 31 sec ago

Hybrid learning is the future, says Saudi deputy minister of education

  • Al-Sudairy said the ministry adopted online education systems to ensure the continuity of education, and protect students and teachers from contracting the virus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s deputy minister of education has highlighted hybrid learning as the “path to the future.”

Dr. Mohammed Al-Sudairy said distance or e-learning should no longer be viewed simply as a response to emergencies but as a strategic option for the future.

He was speaking at a workshop titled “Measurement of operational efficiency of college education in the light of COVID-19” organized by King Faisal University.

Highlighting measures taken by Saudi education authorities in the wake of the pandemic, Al-Sudairy said the ministry adopted online education systems to ensure the continuity of education, and protect students and teachers from contracting the virus.

“The decision ensured social distancing and the quality of education,” he said, adding that the ministry harnessed all its capabilities to act quickly.

Al-Sudairy said that online education began for all educational grades at the same time. The ministry achieved great results as students and teachers continued to interact online in a safe environment and without any loss to the academic year.

The ministry, public and private universities, colleges, and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation were able to shift to online education within one day of the decision to suspend physical attendance at school, he said.

Adapting to the virtual reality ensured the needs of teachers were met, while also increasing operational efficiency of university education and higher education.

Al-Sudairy said the online-learning system is not new. “Universities started making investments in e-learning in 2007,” he added.

The deputy minister called for the adoption of modern technologies and enhancement of teachers’ capabilities in terms of presenting interactive content on electronic platforms.