Shoura members slam ‘poor quality’ of TVTC graduates

Updated 14 May 2015

Shoura members slam ‘poor quality’ of TVTC graduates

Shoura Council members extensively criticized the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) saying its graduates are “not even qualified to change an out-of-order bulb,” and wondered about the fate of the money put into its budget which equals the budgets of four universities.
The criticism continued for 20 minutes after the allocated session time, during which a number of members agreed that the corporation has failed and does not have in place a clear strategic vision.
They said it has not succeeded over the last year in enhancing productivity for the labor market, and its graduates are either subjected to a re-qualification process by sending them to study on scholarships or they can only work in administrative jobs.
Shoura members Mohammad Al-Naji and Mastoura Al-Shammari revealed the attempts of the corporation to submit false indicators to the Council on the employment of its graduates.
Al-Naji said linking the low rates of TVTC job seekers with their low number in the Hafez program is inaccurate because any graduate in the Hafez program will exit after a year whether he was employed or not.
Al-Shammari said performance indicators of the corporation in its annual report are not scientific.
The Shoura members confirmed that the gaps and shortages are great and clear in the corporation’s programs. Its training staff are not qualified and the private sector does not employ its graduates because of their weak scientific and skill levels.
The head of the Education Committee in the Council, Meshaal Al-Sulami, said the corporation offers distinguished training programs in name and title only, but the labor market still wants its needs to be met. “There is a clear absence of confidence in the outputs of the corporation from major known companies in particular,” said Al-Sulami.
A number of Shoura members demanded the restructuring of the corporation and combining it under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education in the form of a technical applied university, as is the case in many places around the world, with the addition of a vocational curricula at all study levels.
Mufleh Al-Rushaidi, a Shoura member, wondered about the fate of SR13 billion allocated to open distinguished faculties and the fate of the current trainers now.


Saudi minister of foreign affairs receives US envoy to Riyadh

Updated 10 December 2019

Saudi minister of foreign affairs receives US envoy to Riyadh

  • US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid visited Adel Al-Jubeir on Monday

RIYADH: US Ambassador to Saudi Arabia John Abizaid called on Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir on Monday. During the meeting, they reviewed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries and discussed issues of mutual interest.

Al-Jubeir also held a separate meeting with a delegation of the US EastWest Institute, which was led by John Hurley. During the meeting, which was attended by a number of officials, they reviewed historical Saudi-US ties and the Kingdom’s stances on different regional and international issues.