Sunday, 22 October 2017 06:45 GMT
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Back to school: Students aim to scale new heights

(MENAFN - Arab News) An estimated 5.6 million boys and girls will go to school in the Kingdom when schools reopen after the summer and Ramadan vacations on Sunday.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Rashed Al-Ghayad undersecretary for planning and development at the Ministry of Education said: 'There are 2718762 male students and 2834796 females. There are 182556 students at the nursery level and 2.57 million in primary schools. There are 1.23 million students in intermediate schools and there are 1.21 million at the secondary level.'

He said 24751 pupils will attend special schools and that 51903 more will attend the adult education classes.

Al-Ghayad put the number of total teachers at 245842 men and 300750 women teaching in 16039 boys' schools and 18710 girls' schools.

These numbers do not include 2241 men and 3568 women unversity graduates whose recruitment formalities for teaching are being processed.

He said the ministry had completed all preparations to ensure smooth teaching and other activities at all schools on the orders of Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.

There is a central committee with representation from all education departments which will follow up the activities and coordinate with the committees that are tasked with the preparation for the new scholastic year he said.

Al-Ghayad said most of the schools had been equipped to impart e-education with high-tech facilities. General education books have been printed in sufficient numbers.

'Schools follow international standards especially in mathematics English language and computer system' he said.

He said the ministry had also supplied a syllabus to provincial education directorates for distribution in all schools including special schools in addition to books in Braille for visually impaired students.
Back to school: Students aim to scale new heights