Teachers to lose jobs for lack of competence

Updated 14 September 2015

Teachers to lose jobs for lack of competence

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Education is firing teachers previously employed through the Jadara program, claiming they do not have the required classified specialties.
While the teachers have been attending to their jobs, the Ministries of Civil Service and Education have denied responsibility for an error in employment procedures that have now led to the cancellation of employment agreements.
A number of graduates of the Arab Open University, majoring in learning difficulties and education for students with mental disabilities, have objected to the decision. They said that they had applied for the positions via the Jadara program, and were selected after obtaining necessary points and competencies, and passing the personal interview.
Some had even started work at their respective schools, despite suffering from high transportation expenses, they explained.
“After three days of working at the school located in Al-Sibya, the manager told us he received an order to direct us to the Department of Education in Sibya,” said graduate Murtada Al-Ali. “I went with my colleague, also a graduate of the Arab Open University, to the said department, where we were directed to go to the Ministry of Education in Riyadh.”
He said, “We were shocked to hear from an official at the ministry that we are not specialized and classified accordingly at the ministry, and were wrongly employed.”
He said they objected to the claim and confirmed the university is one of the strongest, as evidenced by the fact that other graduates with the same specialties have been employed as educators and have not been suspended.
As Al-Ali and several other colleagues are facing the problems, many have resigned from their jobs even before taking up their positions.
“If there was a mistake, it is not our fault and the ministry has to bear the error, especially as they met us and we entered the process and succeeded,” he said. According to Jihad Al-Said, another graduate, the Arab Open University is accredited with the ministry. “Our other colleagues, graduated from the university are working in the education sector,” he said.
“The Ministry of Education has shifted the responsibility for the faulty decision to the Ministry of Civil Service, while the latter has acquitted itself of these accusations,” he said. “Ultimately, the Ministry of Civil Service employed us, while the Ministry of Education fired us.”


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.