Private sector to build 1,600 schools across Saudi
Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa said that the private sector will finance the construction and operation of 1,600 schools in Saudi
Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa said that the private sector will finance the construction and operation of 1,600 schools in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Issa made a statement at a conference on the investment opportunities available in the partnership with the ministry to construct school buildings.
He said: "The project will start by building 60 schools in Makkah and Jeddah as a first stage in all the general educational levels."
He added: "We are aiming at supplementing the direct government support for the school buildings by the partnership with the private sector in the construction and operation of the schools."
The minister said partnership with the private sector is vital for the ministry and will have a great impact on the development of education, Saudi Gazette reported.
Al-Issa said the project, which was approved by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, the Council of Economic Affairs and Development and the Ministry of Finance, will be supervised by the ministers of finance and economy and planning.
He said: "We hope that the project will lure the investors and businessmen to participate with us not only in this project but also in all the other projects which will soon be announced."
Fahd Al-Hammad, CEO of Tatweer (development) company for buildings, said that schools to be built by the private sector for the Ministry of Education will consist of kindergartens and primary, intermediate and secondary schools for both boys and girls in Makkah and Jeddah.