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June 07, 2013

Saudi to sack expat English language tutors

Teaching-English-in-Saudi"A brief article on the Emirates 24/7 website today reports that Saudi Arabia is to sack all expatriate English language teachers in the country's 10,000 public schools. The decision is described as part of a plan for "nationalization" or "Saudization" of the teaching profession.

According to the report, "newspapers said the Gulf Kingdom would not renew the job contracts for all expatriate English language teachers in its more than 10,000 government schools from the next academic year and that they would be replaced by Saudis." The report referred to story in the Okaz Arabic language daily, "quoting education officials." ELT News was unable to find any corroborating reports.

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