Saudi Arabia to introduce English language from first grade of primary school starting next academic year

Saudi students sit for their final high school exams in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah on May 24, 2015. (AFP)
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Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to introduce English language from first grade of primary school starting next academic year

  • The Ministry of Education says there will also be a focus on science and mathematics
  • Digital education will begin from the fourth year

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will teach the English language from first grade of primary school starting from the next academic year, the education minister said on Sunday.
Speaking during an interview with state-run Al-Ekhbariya TV’s Al-Raasd program, Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh, said that five courses have been approved for the next academic year, including a focus on science and mathematics.
The minister also said that digital education would begin from the fourth year.
“There will be some changes that aim to benefit students and the future citizen to become a graduate of education and qualified to compete on an international level,” Al-Asheikh said.
Four of the courses will be introduced to all schools, but he said the fifth would only be implemented in the major schools distributed throughout the Kingdom.
“The general education stage is an important stage and we cannot improve higher education without improving secondary education, and this will happen in 2021,” the minister said.
The minister added there would be certain subjects that would be taught remotely, and distance education will continue even after the coronavirus pandemic.


Saudi Arabia announces 17 more COVID-19 deaths

Updated 24 October 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 17 more COVID-19 deaths

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 330,995
  • A total of 5,281 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 17 deaths from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 395 new infections on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 85 were recorded in Madinah, 42 in Yanbu, 37 in Riyadh, 32 in Makkah, 14 in Jeddah and 8 in Dammam.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 330,995 after 417 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 5,281 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.