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$5.34bn plan to build 3,200 new Saudi schools

New buildings will provide accommodation for 1.7m students across the kingdom.

$5.34bn plan to build 3,200 new Saudi schools
SAUDI EDUCATION: Plans have been launched to build more than 3,000 new school buildings in the kingdom. (Getty Images)

Education chiefs in Saudi Arabia have launched a SR20 billion ($5.34bn) project to construct new building for 3,200 schools.

The new school buildings, which are planned for both boys and girls across the kingdom, will provide accommodation more than 1.7 million students.

“The ministry is handing over every day two new school buildings by contractors,” said Abdul Rahman Al-Ahmed, deputy minister of education for buildings in comments published by Arab News on Sunday.

He said the ministry had undertaken an ambitious plan to design new school buildings, supervise their construction and carry out their operation and maintenance.

Abdul Ilah Saaty, vice dean of Jeddah Community College, said the government’s decision to construct new school buildings would contribute to improving the country’s educational standard.

“School buildings are crucial for educational progress and improving the quality of education,” Saaty told the paper.

“This will enable teachers and students to fulfill the goals of education by employing modern techniques."

Under King Abdullah’s efforts to promote education, a SR9 billion project has increased the number of universities from eight to 25 in the kingdom.

The King Abdullah Scholarship Programme has also seen nearly 60,000 Saudi students pursue their higher education at colleges and universities across the globe.

About 30 percent of the national budget is devoted to education and training as Saudi Arabia looks to improve education standards.

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