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TUESDAY 23 MAY 2017,






Local Viewpoints are translated from the Arabic press to bring current mainstream opinions published in Saudi

media to a worldwide audience. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily

reflect the views and opinions of Saudi Gazette or of its team.

It is unfortunate that a

student fails to protect his

book. It means he does not

know its value. We should find

the reason why this emotional

bond between a student and

his book was missing over the

past years.

Respect for textbooks


T has been report-

ed that a previous

official in the Edu-

cation Department

received a proposal

made by one of his subor-

dinates that we stop dis-

tributing new textbooks

in the beginning of every

year and pay the money to

students instead in order

to avoid its complications

and wastage of money.

After hearing the pro-

posal, the official replied:

“How can we guarantee

that students purchase

new books with the

money they received from

school. A student may

use the old books of his

brother and put the mon-

ey in his saving box.”

I don’t know whether

the story was true or

not but it symbolizes

the mind-blogging way

of managing resources.

Those who spend care-

fully and use the product

they purchased for a long

time deserve praise for

keeping the extra money

in their saving boxes.

I recalled this story

when I read the report

about suspension of a

school manager when he

joined the celebration of

students in tearing their

old books after final exam

to mark the beginning of

their long summer vaca-


My friend Dr. Abdullah

Al-Khateeb commented

when he saw the video

clip of the incident: “Why

the school textbook failed

to save itself from this ab-

surdity?” I also wanted to

ask the same question.

We know that when

people realize that there

is nobody to monitor their

activities nothing will pre-

vent them from violating

laws and regulations ex-

cept when they recognize

the thing’s material value

or believe its value is be-

yond imagination.

It is hard to imagine

that a child would tear his

bag into pieces or destroy

the logo of his favorite

sports club. He will not

damage the bag because

he knows that it was pur-

chased by his father. He

also realizes the emotional

value of the club’s logo.

Why the school text-

book fails to protect itself

from harm?

Price can be consid-

ered as a means of protec-

tion as suggested in the

By Abdul Rahman



beginning of this article

or any other thought that

balances the idea of free

education, which has been

the basis of our educational

movement, and the respect

for textbook as a morally

valuable object.

But the real gamble

should be on establishing a

strong relationship between

the student and his book,

through the creation of a

sentimental value that pro-

tects them both. It’s unfor-

tunate that a student fails to

protect his book. It means

he does not know its value.

We should find the reason

why this emotional bond

between a student and his

book was missing over the

past years.

For a child the logo of a

sports club represents a very

important thing. It symbol-

izes the “passion” he feels

for those who offer him

moments of pleasure. It also

symbolizes the “belonging”

that binds him with thou-

sands who share the same

way of thinking. The beauty

of this relationship lies in

the fact that it is largely free

of the power of authori-

ties. On the other hand, it

depends primarily on the

concept of role model.

Grown up people make

mistakes when they think

that most children have

a marginal relationships

with their sports clubs

compared to their ties with

their study


have to admit this is wrong

perception of our children.

It’s the person who

marginalizes things needs

justification, while these

children do not justify their

respect for their clubs’


should not

just condone this childish

behavior without trying to

understand it.

The school is still a

disgusting place for most

of our students, which we

can ascertain through a

comprehensive and objec-

tive survey. But why this is


Perhaps the key lies in

the concepts of “passion”

and “belonging”, as they

are often lacking in the

student’s relationship with

his school. Perhaps this is

because it is a relationship

based primarily on power,

and they don’t see there

any models.

By nature the human

child seeks freedom of

choice, which is not threat-

ened by the concept of

imitation, as threatened by

the concept of authoritari-

anism. So a single rational

presentation of a stand in

front of the child without

any comment is enough for

him follow than dozens of

commands and advises.

This leads us to the

question what the school

and book symbolize for

our children and what they

symbolize for us as parents?

Are we still looking at them

as a fait accompli imposed

on us as we need to depend

on them to ensure a better

future for our children?

Are we just pretending

our respect toward them

without having any sincere

feelings in our minds? Are

we honest in our approach

toward knowledge and its


Whatever be the an-

swer, the behavior of our

children would be its focus.

Children know what they

should do about things

by watching our attitude

toward them, rather than

hearing our talk.

One arrested for

digital exploitation


The police arrested a Yemen na-

tional for digital exploitation. Riyadh Police

spokesman Col. Fawaz Al-Mayman said the

police were browsing through social media

for potential frauds when they found a video

of a man posing as a real estate agent offer-

ing apartments for rent. The man has received

requests and signed forged contracts with in-

nocent civilians. He would take money from

people and then disappear. The police tracked

down the man and identified him. He has alleg-

edly committed seven fraud crimes.

Murderer executed in Taif


A Saudi national was executed here

on Sunday after he was found guilty of killing

a compatriot after a figh broke out between

them. The Ministry of Interior said Saeed Al-Har-

thy threw a rock at Mohammad Al-Harthy which

caused his death. The convict was sentenced

to death by the Public Court. The execution was

postponed until the heirs of the victim attained

the age of maturity. The heirs opted for execu-

tion instead of any blood money. The Court of

Appeals and the Supreme Court approved the

sentence that led to the execution.

80 years in prison

for assaulting officer


The Penal Court sentenced seven

men on Sunday to 80 years in prison collectively

for running over a security officer. Jeddah Penal

Court reported a video went viral of a number

of men riding a motorcycle at the Corniche

when they began assaulting a security officer.

Social media users condemned the actions of

the assaulters and demanded that they receive

severe punishment. The police investigated

the video and tracked down the assaulters,

three Chadians, two Yemenis, a Nigerian and

a Saudi. The court sentenced the first assaulter

to 18 years in prison. It also sentenced each of

two other assaulters to 16 years in prison. The

fourth assaulter was sentenced to 15 years in

prison. Each of the other three assaulters was

sentenced to five years in prison. All of the as-

saulters were also sentenced to 100 lashes every

year they are in prison. All non-Saudi assaulters

will also be deported after their stay in prison.

The assaulters have a month to appeal against

the sentence.

Summary courts rehashed

to cut down litigation time

experience in 10 courts in Riyadh

where the judicial and adminis-

trative works were separated.

“Separation of the specialties

and responsibilities should be

done gradually so as to enhance

the vocational work of the judg-

es,” he said.

Samaani said success would

not be achieved without the com-

plete coordination and coopera-

tion among the judges. “We are

all partners in the development

and success,” he said.

The meeting started with a

power-point presentation on the

decision to reshape the summary

circuits delivered by Abdul Hadi

Bin Ali Al-Khudair, adviser at the

minister’s office.

The presentation covered all

the aspects, articles and objec-

tives of the decision. “The sum-

mary circuits are directly tied to

the needs and rights of all the liti-

gants,” he said.

The summary court judges

also enriched the discussion by

revealing their own personal ex-

periences. During the meeting, a

debate on the management of the

easy cases was held. The speak-

ers tackled all the stages of litiga-

tion in the summary circuits until

the cases are finally settled either

by reconciliation or verdicts.

The judges voiced their re-

sentment against numerous post-

ponement of cases and said this

would delay justice.

Justice Minister Waleed Bin Muhammad Al-Samaani at a meeting with

the judges of the summary courts in Riyadh.

— Courtesy photo

By Badea Abu Al-Naja

Saudi Gazette


Justice Minister

Waleed Bin Muhammad Al-Sa-

maani opened in Riyadh on Sunday

a meeting of the judges of the sum-

mary courts all over the Kingdom

with the aim of re-organizing the

courts so as to speed up litigation.

Samaani, who is also chair-

man of the Supreme Judiciary

Council (SJC), said it was a de-

cision by the council to rehash

the summary circuits to facilitate

procedures, cut litigation time

and reduce the administrative

burden on the judges.

“The reorganization of sum-

mary courts was also aimed at

facilitating litigation in small and

easy cases to quickly arrive at

justice,” he said.

The minister said the litigants

should not be involved in the long

and interminable tracks of big

cases and added that the meet-

ing was aimed at building bridges

with the judges to assess the dif-

ficulties facing them in the filed.

He said the courts would be

supported with qualified and

experienced cadres to help the

judges do their job properly.

“State-of-the-art technology

will be extensively used in these

circuits to help the judges take

their decisions fairly,” he said.

“We are all aiming at achieving

complete justice in our courts,”

he added.

Samaani praised the current

Illegal structures razed in Makkah


The municipality demolished illegal structures con-

structed on 10,000 sq. meters of encroached land. Al-Aziziyah Mu-

nicipality spokesman Ghazi Al-Harby said the encroached proper-

ties were mostly in Al-Hasiniyah Area. The municipality will not be

lenient in implementing penalties against violations, he said. The

municipality will continue organizing inspection campaigns all year

round to ensure that no transgressions take place and that all viola-

tors are punished for their violations, the official further warned.

— Okaz/Saudi Gazette