1998 News Story

Education minister issues expatriate schools statute

Minister of Education Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Al-Rasheed has issued a statute concerning schools for expatriate communities living in the Kingdom. Saudi authorities will continue to allow non-Arab groups to open special schools in line with certain regulations and within the framework of the educational principles adopted in the country, in addition to enabling the sons and daughters of Arab communities to join government schools. The new statute stipulates the importance of teaching Arabic language and Islamic civilization as well as Saudi history and geography, and respect for the Kingdom's religious, political and moral values. Such schools should also adhere to the instructions issued by the concerned authorities at the Ministry of Education so as to ensure their effective technical, administrative and social supervision. Enrollment of Saudis as students in these schools is only possible for certain individuals coming from abroad who are unable to join a Saudi school, an exception that is not to exceed a period of three years.