Ministry presents draft education bill for public consultation
Saudi Gazette report
JEDDAH — The Ministry of Education submitted the bill on public education for public opinion on the online platform of the National Competitiveness Center.
The bill aims to organize all related aspects of public education in such a way as to raise the level of the learning process to achieve the highest quality in education and improve its results in terms of scientific and related aspects. skills.
The law provides for the creation of the Council of Public Education, which will be composed of 17 members and headed by the Minister of Education.
The board will undertake a number of powers, including approving public education policies and strategies, determining the age of admission to public education, and setting the minimum salary for private school teachers.
The articles of the law stipulate that the ministry, in coordination with the competent authorities, will establish models for school buildings and define their specifications and requirements.
The ministry will establish government buildings to meet the purposes of public education and will have the right to build and own these buildings by contracting with the private sector.
It will also regulate the use of public and private education buildings outside of daily school hours and on public holidays to serve the purposes of public education.
The ministry will oversee the activity of private schools and monitor its commitment to the provisions contained in the law and its regulations.
It will also establish the standards and controls for determining tuition fees in private schools, which will not be imposed or changed without the approval of the ministry.
The law also states that instruction will be in person at all stages of public education and that the ministry will have the right to benefit from e-learning technologies as part of in-person instruction.
Under the bill, the ministry encourages the private and non-profit sector to participate and invest in public education services and establishes nurseries, kindergartens and private schools at different levels of education. inside the Kingdom and for Saudi students abroad.
The ministry also encourages foreign investment in public education services.
The bill states that public school teachers are subject to labor and social security laws. He also pointed out that the ministry provides child care services to public schools and sets the necessary standards and requirements in this regard.