2,000 govt schools to be made 'independent’

Schools would have more powers in terms of management and administration. (SPA)
Updated 16 August 2016
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2,000 govt schools to be made 'independent’

RIYADH: The Ministry of Education will soon make 2,000 government schools “independent,” allowing them autonomy in administrative and financial matters.
These schools would help reduce the financial burden of the government and help improve its educational quality, without ending the facility of free education for boys and girls in these schools.
These schools would have more powers in terms of management and administration, as well as in the matter of the syllabus, educational activities and the professional skills development program for teachers as per their requirements.
Those who have come up with the idea of independent schools are of the view that these schools were the best choice of the educational sector to achieve the objectives of Vision 2030. This would reduce government expenditure on education, and create opportunities for investment in school buildings and related facilities.
Those who have previous experience in the education sector, management and planning of schools would also get the opportunity to play their role. They would be utilized through small-size companies and institutions if they have a clear plan of work.
Ahmad Abdullah Qaran, director general of awareness initiatives and director of independent schools at the Ministry of Education, said that this type of school would help improve the performance of educational process in schools through administrative and financial powers. These powers would help schools to take suitable decisions with regard to educational activities, improve their quality and their products.
He said that currently work was underway to set up model independent schools with the help of international houses of experience.


13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018. (SPA)
Updated 17 June 2019
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13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018

RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing’s “Sakani” program has helped 13,230 families registered on its Real Estate Development Fund list with housing options and finance solutions during May.
This includes 5,835 families who live in their own homes, bringing the total number of families benefiting from the program in different regions of the Kingdom since the start of the year to 68,195.
The Sakani program announced the names of beneficiaries and their national ID numbers through the link https://sakani-names.housing.sa or via the program portal.
More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018.
Ministry of Housing spokesman Saif Al-Suwailem said that Sakani continues to provide its services to beneficiaries according to their needs and abilities. The ministry is keen to provide better services in line with the “Eskan” program, one of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives that aims to raise the proportion of residential ownership to 70 percent by 2030.
As part of Sakani’s efforts to provide suitable housing options, the program began to implement 53 new housing projects in different regions of the Kingdom, characterized by affordable prices for a large segment of citizens registered on the lists of the Ministry of Housing.
Al-Suwailem said that the ministry was keen to find solutions for Saudi families that help them to own the right home for them. SPA Riyadh