Saudi Arabia opens up public schools to struggling expats
The Ministry of Education has introduced a new mechanism to enable the private school students who are unable to pay their tuition fees to join the government schools of their choice, Makkah daily reported on Monday quoting a member of the private schools committee in the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Ibrahim Al-Salim said under this new mechanism the concerned education department would give students a transfer letter to the principal of their chosen government school confirming they have successfully completed certain classes and can move to the next year.
He said affected students’ files, which contain birth certificates, copies of IDs and details of vaccinations, would remain in the private school until the fees are paid.
He said the parents have the option to settle the overdue fees in installments or cash.
Al-Salim said the procedure was aimed at preserving the rights of both the schools and students.
Meanwhile, the ministry has warned private and international schools not to charge for anything else other than tuition.
It asked parents who might have already paid to inform the department of education in their area to reimburse their money.