Saudi completes 53 school projects worth $133.3m
Official reveals that further projects totalling $80m are in progress
Saudi Arabia has completed work on 53 school projects in the Makkah region worth a total of $133.3m (SAR 800m), Arab News reports.
The projects, located in the city of Taif and the surrounding areas, will be officially opened by Makkah Governor Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
Dr. Muhammad Al-Shamrani, director general of education in Taif, said the new projects would improve quality of education in the area and that another $80m (SAR 300m) worth of education projects were underway.
“We have completed 53 new school projects in Taif at a total cost of SAR 500 million while new projects worth SAR 300 million are under construction,” said Al-Shamrani.
Saudi Arabia is in the process of an unprecedented investment in educational facilities across the country.
Late last year, Saudi’s National Commercial Bank (NCB) estimated that spending on education in the Kingdom will soak up the greatest amount (24%) of the government’s $54bn (SAR 204bn) 2013 budget – about 21% higher than the amount budgeted for last year.
It stated that new projects will include 539 schools, in addition to 2,000 schools that will be renovated and continuing work on the 1,900 schools currently under construction.
The NCB added that the government has renewed its commitment to its overseas scholarship program, with continued focus on building and operating several technical and vocational colleges and institutions.