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Sunday, January 11, 2009

King approves plan to create 204,056 jobs in education sector

By Sulaiman Al-Diyabi, Arab News

TAIF: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved plans to create 204,056 new jobs in the education sector, Minister of Civil Service Affairs Mohammed bin Ali Al-Fayez announced yesterday.

“The royal approval came after the Ministry of Civil Service Affairs presented a proposal to the king to improve the situation of teachers holding lower job levels in comparison to their qualifications,” the Saudi Press Agency said quoting the minister.

Al-Fayez thanked King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan for the decision. He also congratulated teachers who are to benefit from the new job offers. “We hope the royal gesture would encourage the teachers to do their jobs efficiently.”

Education Minister Abdullah Al-Obaid expressed his appreciation of the government for creating the jobs. “This will improve the condition of several teachers who were appointed at low job levels in the past 12 years,” he said. Khaled Al-Joaid, head of the media committee for teachers in the Kingdom, said the king’s decision would boost the morale of teachers and encourage them to work hard. “The royal gesture opens a new era in the Kingdom’s education sector.”

Teachers who are to benefit from the royal decree were extremely happy. Bandar Al-Harbi in Yanbu and Majed Al-Nasser in Qassim said the new decision had increased teachers’ confidence. They also praised the ministerial committee for making recommendations in favor of them. He said the decision would help them get the benefits they lost in the past 12 years.

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