Female teachers educating 13.5 percent of young male pupils
For the first time ever, female teachers in Saudi Arabia are educating boys in 1,460 state-run schools across the kingdom.
According to a report in Arab News, women are teaching 13.5 percent of young male pupils, in a move that will save $533 million (SR2 billion) from the education budget in space alone.
“With this project, the Ministry of Education aims to improve the efficiency of the educational system and ensure that every child has access to quality education around the kingdom,” Suaad Al-Mansour, assistant director general of education in Jeddah, is quoted by Arab News as saying.
The Early Childhood Schools Project included kindergartens for boys and girls between aged 4-5 years-old and the first three primary grades for students between 6-8 years.
However, she said there will be no mixed classes in primary grades. “There are separate classrooms, toilets, and other facilities for the young boys and girls.”
During the summer holiday, the ministry set up 3,313 kindergarten classes to accommodate 83,000 children.