(MENAFN - Arab News) The Ministry of Education's Director General of School Equipment Ahmad Al-Dandani said 15 smart schools would be launched in each of the country's regions by the beginning of the second semester, in February. Each region would have eight schools for girls and seven schools for boys. The scheme is part of the first phase of the government's Smart Schools Project.
The new schools would cost SR 800 million, said Al-Dandani. He described a smart school as "a group of modern techniques that would make education more flexible, more enjoyable and easier."
"The ministry established 6,400 new classrooms for self-regulated learning all over the Kingdom. These classrooms contain all basic technical equipment, like interactive whiteboards, computers, documentary cameras, and other interactive materials including video and audio devices," said Al-Dandani.
The schools are to apply international concepts and standards. The ministry has contracted a company that is to install the equipment in schools for the self-regulated classrooms. The contract includes installation, operation and training, which will begin by the second semester this year. "Equipping the classrooms will not take more than a week. Schools will start using them as soon as the classrooms are meeting the agreed specifications."
Inspections will be carried out during the next six months to measure the success of the project. If the project is successful, it will be applied in every governorate in the country.
"Administrations would be able to easily inspect the status of their school's educational process via a receiver that is connected to all devices. Principals can reach smart reports anytime from anywhere," he said. Students would also have the ability to learn from home or anywhere else, via an Internet connection with the school.