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Saudi appoints more than 23,000 new teachers

Recruitment push part of kingdom's plans to raise education standards.

Saudi appoints more than 23,000 new teachers
EDUCATION PUSH: Saudi university students. (Getty Images)

Saudi education chiefs have announced plans to appoint more than 23,000 new teachers in time for the new academic year, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Education has announced that 23,221 new teachers will be appointed, including nearly 11,000 female teachers.

“The procedure for the appointment of 10,839 female teachers will be completed shortly,” said Saad Al-Fehaid, undersecretary for school affairs in comments published by Saudi daily Arab News.

He added that a further 6,277 graduates of teachers’ colleges and 6,105 teachers nominated by the Ministry of Civil Affairs have already been completed.

“We have already distributed these new teachers among the various education departments in the 13 regions,” the ministry official said.

Saudi Arabia is keen to raise standards in its education system and last year education chiefs launched a SR20 billion ($5.34bn) project to construct new buildings 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.

Under King Abdullah’s efforts to promote education, a SR9 billion project has also 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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Dorothy 10 years ago

Bravo!!! King Abdullah is a very wise and today leader of your Kingdom. Education is so important when dealing with the business world. An alotment 0f 30% is a large sum to further education. New schools, new universities, putting 6,000+ teachers to work in their trained field is wonderful! This will, in the long term, be a great boost to the economy and the future of the Kingdom. Any country depends on their youth to carry on what the forefathers have built, to maintain and keep pace with the upcoming tecnologies and foreign policies in the World Market. Through education and knowledge, this is possible. There can be no better investment than in education, I feel. A true and wise decision by King Abdullah, who sees to the positive effects in the future, that the building of new schools, new colleges, hiring of teachers and proper education of his Kingdoms youth. One reaps what one sows. Bravo!! This is only my humble opinion, as I see it. It is done so with respect. Thank you