$267 million to upgrade math and science education

May 29, 2009

The Ministry of Education will launch a SR 1 billion ($267 million) project to upgrade math and science syllabi in the Kingdom’s schools, Al-Watan newspaper reported today. 

The new math and science curricula will be introduced in the first and fourth standards of primary schools and the first standard of intermediary schools beginning next academic year. The new curriculam will be introduced in secondary schools the following year.

Muhammad Asiri, secretary-general of the project, said in order to successfully implement the project, classroom teachers and education supervisors need to be trained in modern teaching techniques.  Asiri said 4,000 teachers have already been trained and about 550 education supervisors are undergoing training in the new teaching methods, Al-Watan reported.

Asiri said the project is expected to be completed in three years.

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