Education, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia opens first-ever virtual school

Saudi Arabia has recently inaugurated the region’s first virtual school, the Sabya Directorate of Education announced.

Located in Jazan, the school is aimed at students with special needs.

Hanan bint Ali Al-Hazimi, assistant director of education, Sabya governorate, said the virtual school aims to provide an opportunity to all those students who are otherwise unable to continue their studies. Recently, the Saudi Education Ministry made all its digital textbooks available through the portal of to ensure if they are accessible to students.

The move, according to the Sabya authorities, was part of the ministry’s efforts to adopt digital technology in the education sector.

Saudi Arabia has pledged to raise its literacy rate from 94.4 percent to 100 percent in the near future. With illiteracy rates cut to below 5.6 percent, the Kingdom leads many Arab and Asian countries in achieving literacy targets.

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