New wave of Saudi school building to beginon Aug 21, 2012
Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Education is preparing to award contracts to facilitate the building of 871 new schools, according to Arab News.
A ministry official responsible for supervising school buildings is reported as telling the Al-Yaum daily newspaper that the ministry wanted to reduce the number of schools that it rents, and that the new schools would take the percentage of buildings the government directly owns to 85%.
The new schools investment is said to be in addition to the 2,340 projects already under construction at a cost of $5.6bn (SAR: 21bn).
Last year, some 600 new schools were built in the Kingdom.
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