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The government are enforcing polcies to ensure that Saudi people get offered employment before other foreign nationals in Saudi.Comapnies must look to fill positions with Saudi people where it is possible and especially Saudi youths. This request comes directly from King Abdullah and is being strictly enforced. Companies not sticking to the rules will be fined.The policy comes down hard on undocumented workers living in Saudi.Government inspectors are visiting companies often to ensure this policy is carried out to the demands of the King. Arab News report 26 th of November.
It appears that businesses are now investing in their people having a pressence on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook in Saudi.This is relatively new compared to the situation two years ago when it was not allowed. Altimeter, a consultancy and research company in Saudi did a study of companies using social media and reported that it takes time to develop extra revenues from social media outlets. It has to go through several stages before it will influence people to buy from companies as reported in the Arab News again.
As reported in the Arab News on the 26 th of November, foreign workers not carrying their identification card from now on in Saudi will be fined about 50 euro for the first offence and double that for the second offence. The government are trying to crackdown on the number of illegal immigrants in the Kingdom so this ensures most legal residents from another country will not be falsely arrested under suspicion of being illegal. The move has angered some foreign residents but in the end will help their situation.
The Arab News reports that 300 new technical colleges are being set up over the next 5 years to train students in technical areas due to the shortage of Saudi graduates in this area. The first college to be set up will be in Buraidah this year and more will follow including the building of new colleges to facilitate the governments drive on technical education in Saudi. In the future this plan will reduce the dependancy of Saudi on foreign workers and grow the economy too.
Schools in Saudi are gearing up to use more computers in the classroom. It is seen as a major step in bringing Saudi Arabian students up to the level of other countries in technology use. In fact, as reported in the Arab News, the whole classroom structure will be changed in the not too far future with mobile chairs being used as students move around to different areas. The Saudi government wants its students to use available networks on the internet and easy to use mobile devices as part of their education in integrating Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Changes by the government in recent years to the national curriculum for elementary and intermediate schools has made a big differences to the standard of education provided by scholls. The old curriculum had the teacher as the provider of information to the student but the new one encourages the student to be more explorative and to question what they have learnt. The change lets students attain skills like conception, critical thinking, innovation and creativity. This helps Saudi students to be as competitive as pupils in other countries. Long may it continue.
Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia without legal work visas are scared they may be returned to their homelands. The government has called an end to workers living in Saudi without proper papers. This has caused a huge problem in the labour market as there are not enough workers to do all the jobs. Some foreign illegals have gone into hiding in case they are returned home. The economy has been affected by the shortage of workers and orders are late for factories too.