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.


King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias performs at the launch of a three-day festival of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday in Ad Diriyah, near Riyadh. (Twitter)
Updated 14 December 2018
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King of Latin pop Enrique Iglesias launches Ad Diriyah festival

  • Enrique Iglesias took the stage in an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah
  • The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical

RIYADH: Spanish superstar Enrique Iglesias launched a three-day festival  of music, culture and motorsport on Thursday with a stunning concert at an outdoor arena in historic Ad Diriyah.

The king of Latin pop took the stage by storm and stole the hearts of thousands in the crowd, whose screams could be heard from a long way away. “I love you Enrique,” a group of girls in the audience shouted.

As he waved his hand back and forth in the air, the crowd started doing the same while jumping up and down. The cheers were deafening, the excitement electric and the performance magical. 

No theatrics were excluded as displays of fireworks and lasers wowed the audience. The singer asked the crowd if they spoke Spanish, and everyone screamed “Yes.”

While stage smoke poured into the arena a female performer sang a duet with Iglesias, who then delighted the crowd with some impromptu salsa dancing in front of the stage.

Fans waved their uplifted phones with their screens and flashes along with the music, while others tried to capture the performance.

“You can run, you can hide but you can’t escape my love,” sang Iglesias while the crowd screamed.

Earlier the R&B singer, songwriter and dancer Jason Derulo persuaded the crowd to put on their dancing shoes with an energetic set.

“Saudi, whassup! This is a dream come true for me! Since we are in Saudi Arabia I want to do things a little different,” he told the audience. He said his mother taught him to never visit empty handed, so his gift to Saudi Arabia was the debut performance of a new song.

Thursday’s entertainment will be followed on Friday by shows from Arab music star Amr Diab and the Black Eyed Peas. The climax of the festival comes on Saturday with the Saudia Ad Diriyah Formula E Grand Prix motor race, followed by headline performances by OneRepublic and the megastar DJ/producer David Guetta.