2003 News Story

Prince Sultan on reform of the Kingdom’s educational system

Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation and Inspector-General Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz has spoken out about the reforms the Kingdom is making in its educational system to enhance young people’s Islamic values and ethics, and to promote moderation through the teaching of correct concepts. In an exclusive interview with the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Prince Sultan said the reform would also "strengthen the concepts of flexibility, openness to dialogue and respect for the opinions of others, while maintaining religious objectives as the basis of the educational system". He added that some of the reform efforts reflect the needs of the labor market, particularly for contemporary scientific qualifications, saying they will “provide employment opportunities for our sons and daughters when they receive necessary qualifications for a job suited to them whether in the public or private sector". Prince Sultan pointed out that this reform is being carried out on the government’s initiative, not in response to outside pressure.


The educational reform process is supervised by a high-level committee, which has already completed its study and forwarded its recommendations to the decision-making level. Members of the Committee, chaired by Prince Sultan himself, include Shaikh Dr. Salih bin Homaid, Chairman of the Consultative Council (Majlis Al-Shura); Shaikh Salih Alhossain, General President of the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and Prophet's Mosque; Shaikh Dr. Abdullah Al-Turki, Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL); Dr. Ghazi Al-Qusaibi, Minister of Water and Electricity; Dr. Khalid Al-Anqari, Minister of Higher Education; and Dr. Mohammed Al-Rasheed, Minister of Education.