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Saudi Arabia 2016 | HEALTH & EDUCATION | INTERVIEW

TBY talks to HE Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa, Minister of Education, on PPP, digitization in education, and goals for 2016.

HE Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa
BIOGRAPHY
HE Dr. Ahmed Al-Issa is the Minister of Education. Al-Issa holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from the University of Pennsylvania, and has published several scientific researches and posts. He has participated in numerous seminars and conferences in the educational and scientific field.

What are the opportunities for PPPs in Saudi Arabia in the education sector today?

There are many opportunities for PPPs in education. In fact, the Ministry of Education is promoting many initiatives with the private sector. For example, we are already in the process of implementing some vital programs, such as private schools, school buildings, and school transportation. We aim to close the gap between the two through such cooperation. Also, we are looking forward to more opportunities to expand our relationship with the private sector, as it will benefit both sides, provide flexibility and competitiveness, and enhance quality.

What role can digitization play in the education sector in Saudi Arabia to increase efficiency and reduce cost?

The potential is big and we are supporting the use of technology in the classroom. We are developing several programs and we plan to work on many others in the near future. We believe e-learning is crucial to the development of the educational sector and it is a high-priority for the Ministry of Education. It will play a bigger role in the future.

What are the specific goals and expectations for the Ministry of Education for 2016?

We are optimistic in promoting reform and change for the best. However, our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of education and improve standards at all levels.