A classroom in the kitchen

A FEW days in the past, I met one among my buddies, who’s an instructor. I requested him if he had any enter at the currently announced plan to improve the quality of preferred schooling inside the Kingdom.

With a broad face, he replied that he had heard and read about the plan, however in truth there has been not anything new at the ground. He stated he become fortunate sufficient that he changed into able to teach his students inside the kitchen of a small, rented building.

According to the instructor, the youngsters are stuffed in a tiny space, like the sticks in a matchbox. They are deprived of the possibility for any physical, leisure and cultural activities. Sometimes they may be even denied clean air to respire.

He stated his most important situation was the catastrophe waiting to appear. In case of a prime fire in the school, Allah forbid, there’s little chance of everyone escaping from the narrow and crowded building.

Over the past few a long time every time a brand new schooling minister was appointed, we used to hear some announcements for enhancing the best of schooling. Each minister made a thorough evaluation of the existing device and then pointed out his destiny plans. Workshops, forums, and seminars might at once follow. Many committees and sub-committees would be constituted to brainstorm new strategies. At the give up the day, the only achievement would be a brand new logo and stamp for the ministry.

In the call of curriculum reform, a few textbooks could have new names however with none exchange in content material. The books would be reprinted at huge charges and full of errors.

This took place when the faculties persevered to operate from rented buildings with plans to assemble new schools through the government has placed on the keep.

A local newspaper recently published an interesting report approximately the country of trendy training inside us of a. It said the ratio of rented faculties did now not drop below 20 percent at any point within the beyond 14 years. On a few occasions, this ratio rose above 23 percent.

The situation at the floor remained unchanged although each new minister got here and gave guarantees to resolve the issue as a top priority and near the bankruptcy of rented colleges once and for all.

The previous minister tried to resolve the hassle with the aid of merging faculties in rented constructing with the ones which have own buildings inside the region, hence developing a new trouble of overcrowded school rooms.

He also resorted to commencing night faculties. However, none of this helped decrease the high percentage of rented faculties.

I attempted to research the reasons given using training officials for the high number of rented faculties and why they couldn’t clear up it in spite of the broad price range allotted for the education branch every 12 months. The achievable clarification turned into that the variety of college students multiplied each yr hastily. Another excuse was that the ministry did no longer very own enough quantity of empty plots of land to assemble new colleges.

I wish this situation might change all through the tenure of our new schooling minister.

What I assume from the new minister is to take the difficulty of rented schools seriously and to give you a simple plan to address it. This plan needs to have a timeline from the start and finish. And there ought to be a properly-described yardstick to measure the development of work.

This could be a remarkable breakthrough to solve the long-status difficulty of rented schools and to additionally acquire the bold dreams of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

Judith Barnes

Music scholar. Writer. Alcohol evangelist. Analyst. Unapologetic coffee geek. Tv junkie. In 2009 I was developing strategies for hula hoops in Las Vegas, NV. Spent 2002-2009 training sock monkeys in Mexico. Spent the 80's short selling yard waste worldwide. Have some experience developing yard waste in Africa. Spent several months exporting mosquito repellent in Jacksonville, FL. Lead a team building robots in West Palm Beach, FL.

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