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Saudi Arabia: Educational System benefits more than 2.32 million students in 13, 893 schools | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Riyadh- Saudi officials have been giving great attention to the progress of the educational sector in view of its vital importance to the country.

Because of this policy, schools are now spread all across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In the academic year 1424-1425 AH(Islamic Calendar) , the number of students at the stage of the general education amounted to 2,322,536, who are pursuing their studies in 13, 893 schools under the direct supervision and guidance of more than 187,420 teachers.

The number of schools has increased at the primary, intermediate and secondary stages, while the number of students of adult education declined from 27, 496 in 1423-1424 AH to 26, 343 in 1424-1425 AH.

The number of students at the primary stage reached in 1424-1425 AH to about 1,241,840 students, while the number of teachers amounted to 98, 813.

At the intermediate stage, the number of schools increased to 3, 719 with more than 574, 000 students and 48, 678 teachers.

At the secondary stage the number of schools jumped to 2006 in 1424-1425 AH with 465, 822 students and 36249 teachers.

Regarding girls education, in 1424-1425 AH, the number of female students amounted to 2,235,000 at 15, 840 educational institutions and more than 219,000 female teachers and more than 14,900 administrators.

concerning the vocational secondary institutes and vocational training centers their number amounted to 77 in 1424-1425AH with 5, 738 students, while the number of the schools of special education amounted to 92 with 4, 808 students.

The Education Ministry has also been giving a great attention to the schools for the Holy Quran memorization. Their number amounted to 721 in 1424-1425 AH with 83,165 students and 7, 563 teachers.

The girls Holy Quran memorization schools amounted in 1424-1425 AH to 769 with 89, 976 female students and 9, 170 female teachers.

Meanwhile, the number of the schools of adult education which were linked with the Education Ministry , amounted in 1424-1425 AH to 1069 schools with more than 26, 360, while the number of schools of adult education which are linked with other authorities amounted in the same academic year to 2, 552 with 54, 200 students.