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Girls’ education in Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, 14 February 2001
According to statistics published by the General Presidency of Girls' Education, in 1420 AH, there were more than 2 million female students and 200,000 female teachers and administrators at more than 13,000 educational institutions.

The statistics showed that there were 6,206 primary schools, with more than 1 million students and 177,000 teachers. There were 1,716 intermediate schools, with 491,000 students and 43,565 teachers. The number of secondary schools reached 1,571 with 365,560 students and 30,516 teachers.

According to the statistics, the number of colleges of the General Presidency for Girls’ Education amounted to 73 with 162,246 students and 4,868 teachers. Meanwhile, the number of secondary teacher training institutes reached 75 with 3,650 students. With regard to the Holy Quran Memorization Schools, their number reached 523 with 58,366 students and 5,860 teachers.

The General Presidency for Girls’ Education provides a transportation service for students through its fleet of governmental and rented buses. Five hundred thousand students benefit from this service.

The General Presidency also gives special care to the health of female students, through its health units in various parts of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. These health units are provided with all required medical equipment.

The General Presidency has also given top priority to adult education and eradication of illiteracy. In this respect, the number of schools of illiteracy eradication reached 2,204 with 74,780 students.

The General Presidency for Girls’ Education has been undertaking supervision of 1,553 schools at the Ministry of Defense and Aviation, the National Guard, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Special Education sector. The number of students in the schools of this sector reached 218,000 students, while the number of teachers reached 19,917.

Source: SPA

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