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Saudi Arabia begins massive education overhaul

Saudi Arabia has launched a major overhaul of its educational system to ensure overall student development, the Arab News reported today.

The projects, worth an estimated $3.1 billion [SR11.8 billion], are part of the King Abdullah Project for the Development of Public Education, which was approved by the Cabinet in February.

The King Abdullah Project will emphasize improving the educational environment, developing extracurricular activities, teacher training, and curriculum development.

In related news, Minister of Higher Education Dr. Khalid Al-Anqari announced plans to establish more universities for women, to be managed by women.  Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will launch the first of the new universities in Riyadh today. Last week, the King issued a royal order appointing Princess Al-Jowharah as president of the Riyadh university.