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Saudi king OKs five-year education plan worth $21b

Saudi King Abdullah has approved a five-year plan worth more than $21.33 billion (80 billion riyals) to develop the kingdom’s education sector

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Saudi King Abdullah has approved a five-year plan worth more than $21.33 billion (80 billion riyals) to develop the kingdom’s education sector, the country’s state news agency said Monday.

The Saudi Press Agency said King Abdullah approved the executive working program in order to meet the goals of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Project for Promoting General Education.

"The total cost for the next five years exceeds SR80 billion in addition to what has been allocated annually for the ministry,” the SPA said.

King Abdullah also approved the establishment of a ministerial committee to supervise implementation of the program, the agency added.

According the education ministry’s website, Education Minister Prince Khalid Al-Faisal said the plan includes constructing 1,500 nurseries, providing training for some 25,000 teachers, the establishment of educational centers and providing high-speed internet to schools.

Prince Khalid expressed his thanks to King Abdullah and said the “generous support would represent a historic, unique and advanced leap for the education sector that present and future generations will be able to reap the benefit from."