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Saudi graduates in school jobs protest

Nearly 1,500 rally in front of Saudi Ministry for Education demanding rethink on employment.

Nearly 1,500 graduates have rallied in front of the Saudi Ministry of Education demanding jobs, according to reports on Monday.

Unemployed teaching and special education graduates carrying their certificates wanted to meet with the ministry officials early Saturday morning, but were prevented from entering by security guards, according to Al-Hayat newspaper.

“I graduated from the Teachers’ Training College in Riyadh two years ago but still have not found a job,” one protestor, Mohsen Abdullah, told the newspaper. “The Ministry of Civil Service currently has over 324 education vacancies but they weren’t announced.”

“More than 1900 expatriates occupy jobs in special education,” another graduate of the Special Education Deparment told the newspaper. “They were supposed to have been terminated as promised under the Saudization program.”

He is asking the ministry to replace the expatriates with Saudi teachers, said the newspaper.