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Saudi Arabia above global average in development of education

The report showed the average satisfaction ratio for education in the Kingdom stood at 65%

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Saudi Arabia has achieved higher than the global average in the development achieved in the education sector, according to the Human Development Report for 2014 issued by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The report showed the average satisfaction ratio for education in the Kingdom stood at 65%, which is higher compared to 64% and 48% globally and regionally respectively, and 63% in the countries with an average of very high human development.

This is an advanced positive development compared to last year when Kingdom was less than the global average, the report noted.

On spending on education as a percentage of gross domestic product, the Kingdom’s rate stood at 5.6% which is higher than the global average and the average of countries with very high human development standing at 5 and 5.3%, respectively.

Between 1980 and 2013, Saudi Arabia’s life expectancy at birth increased by 12.5 years, mean years of schooling increased by 4.5 years and expected years of schooling increased by 9.6 years, the report said.

The 2014 Human Development Index (HDI) valued and ranked 187 countries and UN-recognized territories, along with the Inequality-adjusted HDI for 145 countries, the Gender Development Index for 148 countries, the Gender Inequality Index for 149 countries, and the Multidimensional Poverty Index for 91 countries.

This was first reported in the Saudi Gazette on Nov. 4, 2014.