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Gulf News, Sunday, Feb 21, 2021 | Rajab 9, 1442

Saudisation of education to create 87,000 jobs

Saudi Arabia: A plan to localise jobs in the Saudi education sector is expected to provide over 87,000 jobs for citizens, according to a local report.

The number of education jobs done by foreign expatriates in the kingdom has reached over 87,000 out of a total of 272,000 or about 30 per cent of the overall jobs in this sector, Saudi news portal Sabq said.

The Education Ministry has recently directed expediting the “Saudisation” of jobs in the non-governmental education sector, a step allowing Saudi citizens to do administrative and supervisory jobs in private schools and replacing foreign teachers with local counterparts.

Family spending on private schooling in Saudi Arabia amounts to SR18 billion annually, Sabq said.

There are 38,000 public schools and 6,144 private schools in the kingdom, according to reports cited by Sabq.

Experts believe that setting a minimum wage level for pay in private schools will make them an attractive work environment for many Saudi graduates as some of these schools still offer meagre wages and cut from employees’ salaries in case of holidays, or class discontinuation.

Saudi Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al Rajhi has recently unveiled a decree to localise jobs at restaurants, cafes and malls, noting that the ministry will soon decide to Saudise education and lawyer jobs.

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