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(MENAFN - Arab News) Saudi Arabia will spend 86.5 percent or SR104 billion of its SR121.3 billion general education budget on the salaries of teachers and education officials, said Mohammed Al-Shathry, deputy education minister

He said the ministry would spend SR17 billion or 13.5 percent of its budget on administrative, cleaning and maintenance project

"We have allocated SR4 billion for new projects including 275 school buildings and the renovation of 1,500 old buildings," he sai

The government unveiled the 2014 fiscal budget last month projecting revenue at SR855 billion and an equal amount on spendin

It allocated SR210 billion for general education, higher education and trainin

Of this amount, higher education will get SR80 billion or 40 percen

Al-Shathry said SR75 million has been set aside for administrative buildings, SR100 million to build multipurpose halls, SR100 million for logistics and expanding warehouses, SR45 million for merging schools, and SR60 million for furnishing schools and administrative building

"The budget has made allocations for 6,000 new jobs including 4,000 educational and 1,000 other job

Changes will be made to 2,710 educational jobs and 4,213 administrative jobs," he said. A total of SR400 million has been allocated for student transport contract

The ministry would also continue with the King Abdullah project for the development of school curricula, training of teachers, improvement of the educational environment, and non-class activitie

The ministry has worked out a strategy to boost partnerships with the private sector in general education and the establishment of a holding company, fully owned by the government, to develop buildings, school transport, and educational services, he sai

He said the ministry received 3,720 completed projects over the last four years benefiting over 1.5 million students, or 33 percent of the total number of students. The ministry reduced its rented buildings to 20 percent compared to 41 percent five years ago, he said

He said schools would get upgraded IT facilities, including a system to network schools and educational facilities, and computer labs across the country

The ministry is also expanding kindergartens in partnership with the private sector by providing soft loans to potential investors, he said


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