Saudi Arabia floats plans to sack all native English teachers

Published:  10 Jun at 6 PM
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In yet another move towards Saudization of its workforce, Saudi Arabia’s government has announced plans to sack all expat English language teachers.

According to reports in local Saudi newspapers, the Gulf Kingdom will not renew the annual contracts of expat English language teachers working in its 10,000 government schools. The teachers are to be replaced by Saudi teachers with some knowledge of the language.

Education officials were quoted in the daily Okaz Arabic language newspaper as saying that not only English language teachers were to be sacked, but that expat mathematics teachers would also be targeted. The kingdom’s education authority is committed to the Saudization of all teaching jobs in Saudi schools over the next few years.

The news came soon after the move to forbid wives of expat employees to take jobs in the kingdom, with a resignation deadline of 3 July announced for those already employed. Many expat wives have been employed as English language teachers in Saudi private schools, and the new ruling is expected to cut the number of married expats willing to relocate to Saudi Arabia as well as encouraging married expats top cut short their contracts.

Kuwait and Qatar are also continuing their crackdowns on expat workers, with the former announcing further security and traffic violation arrests and the latter now considering a limit on the number of expat driving licenses issued. A ban on diving licenses for holders of temporary project visas has already been implemented.
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