“Historic” changes in the Saudi educational curriculum


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          <p>Saudi Arabia yesterday announced historic changes in its educational system, including the adoption of new study materials and the shift to the three-semester system with short vacations, in order to keep pace with the best global experiences and in line with the goals of the Kingdom's Vision 2030.

Dr. Hamad Al Al-Sheikh, Saudi Minister of Education, said during a press conference at the ministry’s headquarters in Riyadh yesterday: “Over two years of continuous work in the Ministry of Education, and based on careful studies carried out by specialized teams; A major conclusion was reached (that) the current education system needs real and deep development. Comparisons with developed countries indicate a gap between the educational system in the Kingdom and those countries in the number of actual days of study.

The minister added that the academic calendar will be in a 3-semester system instead of two, with each semester consisting of 13 weeks, indicating that the new academic calendar includes 12 leave during the school year, provided that each semester includes extended weekend breaks and a vacation between each semester. .

The minister explained that, starting from the next academic year, developed study plans will be implemented that are consistent with the requirements of the curriculum development phase.

“Asharq Al-Awsat” was informed of examples of new study subjects that will be taught starting next year, including digital skills, English for elementary grades, social studies, self-defense and critical thinking.
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