RIYADH – Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah, Minister of Education, has asked for three years in order to “turn our ideas and visions for education development into reality”.
Speaking at the launch of a sports and science project in Riyadh on Sunday, Prince Faisal said he had been “looking forward to this day since taking office”.
“Science and sport currently form the basis of academic advancement,” he said. “We have gone through 3,000 years of agricultural revolution, 300 of industrial revolution, and now 30 years of the knowledge revolution.”
Prince Faisal added that the leadership of King Abdullah was striving to raise levels to make Saudis globally competitive.
“I’m pleased to part of that process,” he said.
The sports and science project is to be run in the second and fifth grades of primary school, intermediate second grade, and in the first grade of secondary school.
“Saudi Arabia and the Kingdom of Bahrain have taken up the project through a decision from the GCC, and there is interest in introducing it in Oman, Yemen and Kuwait,” Prince Faisal said.
The minister also addressed concerns at crowded classrooms, saying that numbers in the Kingdom were “below the world average”.
“There is a pressure of numbers in some city schools, but it has been exaggerated,” he said.
“The Kingdom is like an entire continent all of its own, and we are trying to get education to every corner of it. In some places you might find ten pupils with six teachers and it’s costing the state a lot.” – Okaz/SG