Recruitments linked to MoL’s Taqat website

The Ministry of Labor (MoL) disclosed here Sunday its plan to link recruitment of manpower through its website “Taqat” in place of its previous website where the hiring process is being implemented.

The national portal will provide support for job seekers, employers and training centers, and will increase opportunities for job seekers, helping them to achieve the tasks required for the job market, said a ministry source. He said the new move will be operational on March 31 this year.
According to him the employer will have three options to choose from including localization of the profession through a list of young Saudis who are on the portal, or hiring a resident living in the Kingdom looking for the job.
The third option is the recruitment of labor from abroad to meet the request of the establishment, provided that the skill is not available among citizens or residents in Saudi Arabia.
The new move will contribute to the unification of applications for business processes, and applications for employees, in addition to the vacancies available online for the firms to access before hiring manpower from outside.
The services of the new portal will focus on the functional link between job seekers and among those employed by the private sector, where career opportunities are available through various channels such as the e-recruitment site.


The advent of Modern Education system in Saudi Arabia


Modern education system was introduced to Saudi Arabia in the late 19th century. Islamic higher education mainly existed in the main cities during that era. The commencement of modern education helped to diversify in many different fields of expertise. The Ottomans were the first to introduce modern and advanced education system in the Hejaz region. Doors to new opportunities were opened in the Ottoman provinces of Hejaz and Al Ahsa in the new era. During 1920s, some private schools began offering modern education subjects and courses. This initiative was started in larger towns of Saudi Arabia. Later on, in the 1930s the modern education was officially promoted by the state department.

As time advanced, many schools were setup in the year 1951. The ministry of education came into existence in the mid of year 1954. It was formed to manage and promote better education policies. It helped the education sector to blossom in the coming years. In 1964, the government initiated public level education for girls. Though, it was confronted by conservative groups yet the government continued its project. Secured and essential education systems were initiated with the development programs announced by the government in the late 70s.

By the end of 90s, the literacy rate for men was about 15% in Saudi Arabia. Women had only 2% literacy rate. Later in the year 2002, this ratio changed enormously with men’s literacy rate reaching at 73% and women 48% respectively. Subsequently, the percentage kept on growing and in the mid of 2002 the figure reached up to 91% and 72%. The Saudi government has done a great job in improving the education system despite many hindrances standing in the way. The standard of education that is being provided to the budding students matches international standards. The results are exceptionally good and clearly visible in the present era.

The Saudi education system gives huge benefits to the students. Though it is not mandatory to get education but the students are given free study course material and health services once they opt to study. The education services are also free. The education level in different regions is totally dependent on the number of schools present in that particular region. The government is working hard towards enhancing the education system and at the same time working rigorously towards increasing the rate of admissions.

As per the old data, following students have enrolled from 1960 to 1989.

  • 22% Boys and 2% Girls were enrolled in the year 1960
  • 81% Boys and 43% Girls were enrolled in the year 1981
  • 4 million Boys and 1.2 million Girls were enrolled in the year 1989

Nowadays, female students have exceeded the number of male students in terms of enrollment in schools as well the universities. Saudi Arabia now has 73 colleges and 16,600 schools that are only for Girls.

As per the latest data, there are about 1.64 million female and 1.19 million male students enrolled in Saudi Arabia. About 1.5 million boys and girls are studying in the private schools.

How to choose the Best School for Our Kids in Saudi Arabia

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Choosing a school is a challenging task and one that a lot of parents find difficult. Here is some real good advice for you from our expert base and we hope you will find it extremely handy in making the final decision.

With so many options to choose from, it is a difficult task to decide which school would be appropriate for your child. Public Schools in Saudi Arabia are not an option for the Expats and so it makes it challenging for the expatriates to choose from a variety of private & international schools.

It’s always a good idea to start searching for a school as early as possible to avoid rushing into an important decision. It’s always good to have that extra time so that you can also discuss options with your friends who have had a similar experience.

There are a lot of factors when considering a school. “Fees” is one such factor. The tuition fees in Saudi Arabia start approximately from SAR 4000 a year to almost 75,000 per year for a few schools. You will have to determine your budget and research the available schools in that price range. There are some expats though whose children’s school fees is covered or subsidized by their employers.

There is a whole list of school to choose from. Please visit the following links to get the list of schools in your region. 1) Schools in Riyadh 2) Schools in Jeddah 3) Schools in Dammam 4) Private Schools 5) International Schools

Once you filter the schools based on your budget, it’s always advisable to visit the school and spend ample time to get a better understanding of their physical space, classrooms, libraries, gymnasiums and playgrounds. All parents know their child’s individual needs and his extracurricular activities and so it is important to review the school’s practices. It is always advised to seek your child’s opinion during your tour of the campus and understand his concerns, desires and expectations. You can as well ask the school for their school prospectus and read it.

A lot of International Schools are governed by embassies however there are a lot of schools which are private. A lot of these schools host multiple curricula under a single roof and so it becomes much easier for you to decide which curricula to choose from.

The demand for schools is very high due to ever – increasing expat community in the Kingdom. It is always important to make application for registration as early as possible to obtain a suitable slot. The registration is mostly non-refundable and varies between schools.

Apart from the factors mentioned above, distance is one factor which should be considered before you take that final decision before closing in on any school. Location and transportation play a major role as you may not want your child to spend two hours every single day. Saudi Arabia has geographically large cities and traffic jams during the peak hours will most probably add time to the length of the commute and so it’s good to check the travel time before you finalize any school for your child.

Academic year in Saudi Arabia starts from September. An academic year is mostly divided into three quarters. School working hours are mostly 7AM to 3.30PM with working days Sunday to Thursday. All the schools are closed on the weekends. Most of the schools shorten their working hours during the holy month of Ramadan.

Do not rush into a decision and make a proper research before you make that critical decision of choosing the right school for your child.