Saudi expat dependents now permitted to teach in private schools

Published:  23 Nov at 6 PM
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After a confusing several months, a Saudi Ministry of Labour source has stated that female dependents of expat relatives will be given yearly work permits allowing them to teach in private schools.

The move seems to be a tentative first step toward full legalisation of the status of women dependents wishing to teach in the Kingdom’s popular private education facilties. A license or certification will be required, and work permit forms are already being submitted by a number of private schools.

Female staff members are normally sponsored by their spouses or parents, and many teachers left their positions or stayed away from school during the recent inspection campaign. The work permits will be an alternative to transferring their sponsorships to the schools and losing the many advantages of parental and spousal sponsorship including travel tickets and medical insurance.

The plan has been introduced to discourage expat female teachers from deserting their posts and bringing the lucrative private school system to its knees. It will also help the Ministry of Labour in determining the exact number of expat teachers employed, thus eliminating work irregularities.

Many Riyadh female expat teachers have expressed relief at the introduction of the work permit scheme, saying it gives security without having to lose the benefit of male family sponsorship. The permits will contain the holder’s name, their sponsor’s residency number, the school’s name, the scope of work undertaken and the duration of authorization, at present one year at a time.
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