Saudi Arabia is set to spend SAR5bn ($1.33bn) training about 25,000 school teachers abroad, Education Minister Prince Khaled Al Faisal has revealed.
Explaining the SAR80bn ($21bn) education revamp plan approved by King Abdullah, he said five education director jobs under the highest rank of “excellent” had been created in Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Eastern Province and Jeddah, Arab News reported.
Prince Khaled said the reforms had contributed to improving the country’s education standards. He said the project would also focus on getting rid of sub-standard rented school buildings, as well as the construction of 1,500 nurseries to cater for 150,000 students.
“Education plays a significant role in accelerating a country’s progress and prosperity,” he was quoted as saying.
Prince Khaled said SAR1.2bn had been allocated to link schools with a computer system to meet e-education requirements, while SAR1.19bn had been devoted to school workshops and smart classrooms.
A further SAR350m would be used to develop 1,000 educational clubs in districts and SR50m for 800 seasonal clubs, the newspaper reported.