Saudi Education Ministry studies viability of university preparatory year


Riyadh - 10 Dec 2015

Saudi Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Azzam Al-Dakhil, has said specialist committees at the Ministry were in the process of reviewing the viability of the preparatory year offered by some universities, and the companies which operate them.

Dakhil said on his twitter account that “in continuation of the ministry’s efforts to achieve the aims of the integration of education in the kingdom, specialist committees are working on a review of the viability of the preparatory year and the companies which operated the system at universities.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Higher Education has announced an end to the computer allowance to all staff who did not specialise in computer studies. The allowance was available to university teaching staff.

Saudi Almasar Online website reported that an imminent decision was about to be announced ending the allowance for rare subjects at the following rates of basic pay:

– 40% for the disciplines of engineering, medicine, health, and computer studies.

– 30% for the disciplines of administration and finance systems.

– 25% for the disciplines of languages and translation.

– 25% for the disciplines of basic and applied sciences.

– 25% for the disciplines of readings and special education, and kindergartens.

– 20% of the basic salary for rare specialties for lecturers and teaching assistants at universities and colleges in the governorates.

It is worth noting that these decisions are in accordance to the initial agreement given by the Ministry of Higher Education to provide allowances and rewards which stated that these allowances would be reviewed every three years.