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Saudi’s idle citizens

Saudi’s idle citizens

The Kingdom is aggressively trying to promote education in a bid to limit rising levels of unemployment.

January 21, 2010 1:51 by

On Thursday, the Kingdom also said it would extend its foreign scholarship program for five more years. The program was started five years ago to sponsor Saudi students to pursue degrees in foreign universities and more than 60,000 students have benefitted from it so far.

Khaled al-Anqari, Saudi’s Higher Education Minister, said the extension of the program would “boost the Kingdom’s higher education and overall development.”

In December last year, while announcing the 2010 budget, Saudi’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz announced that a quarter of the Kingdom’s $146 billion budget would be spent on education.

“The allocation of SAR137.6 billion ($36.7 billion) for education and training emphasizes the government’s desire to invest in Saudi citizens, considering human development as the core of real development,” Ali al-Attiyah, deputy Minister of Higher Education said at the time. The amount represented a 13 percent increase over the educational funding in 2010.

This budget will fund the King Abdullah Project for Development of Public Education, create 1,200 new schools and complete 3,000 school buildings already under construction. It would also be used for the construction of four new universities and the expansion of existing ones.

But while these measures have created greater educational opportunities for young Saudis, will they make adequate use of it? And will qualified Saudis be willing to work long hours in the private sector?

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  1. DeniseTheMenace on January 23, 2010 10:57 am

    I second the proposal by Asaad for closing down labor ministry…. I’d also humbly suggest closing down all others too… Foreign and Defence is aptly being handled by americans/Europeans. Interior is Al-Q, The King’s 10,000 plus extended family is well taken care of by the oil revenues…where is the need for ministries…well, the religious ministry needs to stay put though (how else will the common octogenarian men ratify their preteen brides. Readers dont get me wrong by saying “You westerners…etc etc….” I am born and brought up in Saudia and remain committed to the nation’s future.
    Allah Kareem.


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