Saudi Arabia Introduces 120;000 Amendments to Academic Books

Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al Al Sheikh said that 120;000 amendments were made to about 89 existing books in the newly developed Saudi educational curricula. This is in addition to 34 books and syllabuses that have been developed; bringing the total of the new changes to 52 books.

His remarks came during the periodic government communication conference; which was held in Riyadh on Thursday; in the presence of acting Minister of Media; Dr. Majid Al-Qasabi; and the education minister.

Saudi Arabia began preparing for the launch of the academic year to end nearly a year and a half of distance learning due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new academic year; which begins on Aug. 29; will see the implementation of new curricula; three-semester study plans and an increase to 40 percent in the percentage of female teachers in the early school stages.

The academic year will be in attendance for students; who received two vaccine doses; in university; applied colleges; technical training; intermediate and secondary levels. Primary and kindergarten students will continue to study remotely through the “Madrasati” (My School) and “Rawdati” (My Kindergarten) platforms; until their return to school at the end of October.

Thirty-seven percent of students in the secondary and intermediate levels have already received two doses of the vaccine; while 93 percent received only one dose.

Qasabi said that the Saudi health passport has become globally recognized through the Tawakkalna app; where an operational protocol agreement was signed between the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence; the Civil Aviation Authority; and the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

The curve of daily Covid-19 infections in Saudi Arabia continued to decline; as the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday the registration of less than 500 cases for the first time since last March.

The Ministry confirmed 499 new infections; bringing the total to 540;743.