Shoura asks the Ministry of Education to reconsider the 3-semester system

Saudi Gazette report

Riyadh – The Shoura Council of Saudi Arabia has asked the Ministry of Education to reconsider its request for three semesters system in Saudi public schools and universities.

The council’s request is in keeping with best practices and global trends in the field of higher education, and with respect for the independence of universities according to their education system. The council made this request during deliberations of the ministry’s annual report for the fiscal year 1442/1443 AH, after hearing the views of the education and scientific research committee reporting to the council.

The council called on the ministry to evaluate the application of the three-semester system in public schools as well in order to make recommendations on whether to continue the system or return to the system in the medium term with necessary changes.

The council also urged the ministry to reconsider the application of streams in public secondary schools in line with international best practices in the field of secondary education.

The Shoura stressed the need to provide support to Saudi universities as well as relevant authorities to provide a nurturing environment that ensures that Saudi faculty members do not drop out and facilitates the recruitment of distinguished talent among Saudis and non-Saudi alike. – Saudis.

Member Dr. Aisha Arishi recommended that the ministry increase financial allocations for operation, maintenance and cleaning to ensure proper educational environment in universities and public schools.

The council called on the ministry, in coordination with relevant authorities, to speed up the process of recognizing online education and training certificates (distance and blended education) similar to traditional programs in the ranking process.

Based on the content of an additional recommendation made by Dr. Muhammad Al-Jarba and Eng. Ibrahim Al-Daghrir, the council noted that the ministry, in coordination with the competent authorities, should work on the construction of similar models of the educational city of Taiba of Madinah for special education in other regions of the Kingdom, in according to the capacities and needs of each region. This is essential to accommodate students, boys and girls, who are difficult to integrate into general education schools.

The council said the Ministry of Education, in coordination with the Education and Training Evaluation Commission (ETEC), should strive to improve the quality of qualification of deaf teachers at all levels. educational levels, focusing on skills related to Saudi Sign Language. and develop the necessary assessment tools for this purpose, through an additional recommendation submitted by the members of the board.

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