Schools ordered to make up for canceled classes

Updated 15 April 2016

Schools ordered to make up for canceled classes

RIYADH: Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa instructed education departments in the Kingdom to arrange for additional compensatory classes for students in cases where classes were canceled due to extreme weather conditions or any emergency that warrants school closures during the year, Al-Hayat reported.
In the circular, Al-Issa said the “rights of school directors and leaders recently issued grant them full authority to take any administrative or educational measures to guarantee the safety and security of students in emergency situations.”
The ministry instructed that cancelled classes be made up with additional classes, as per a specified mechanism. The seventh and eighth sessions are determined by cutting five minutes from every class, as well as adding an additional class to every school day starting from the second week of classes, and giving priority to subjects that are only offered once a week.
The mechanism specifies preparing an official report of these procedures, a plan to compensate for school material, informing parents of students of this plan and obtaining their signatures of approval.
Meanwhile, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education (Girls) Dr. Haya Al-Awad launched an autism forum titled “Together We Brighten Their Hopes,” and said that efforts must be focused on this group of students. “Some behavioral directives make them overcome many of the difficulties they face,” she said, stressing the importance of early intervention for children with autism.
She said the forum will come out with programs that serve students with autism, the first of which will be launched in Riyadh and later spread to other parts of the Kingdom if proven successful.
The forum aims to find solutions to rehabilitate and support students with autism as well as train parents to interact with their children, while promoting community awareness and participation in different medical, rehabilitative, education and behavioral activities.

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.