Ministry health

Soft drinks banned at school, says Saudi ministry spokesperson

RIYADH — Spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Ibtesam Al-Shehri, has confirmed that soft drinks are not allowed inside schools due to their violation of health requirements set by the ministry.

The spokesperson made the remarks during an interview with Al-Ekhbarya, adding that the ministry has set health requirements with regard to the nutrition services that will be offered to students at the school.

The ministry also asked the education services to monitor the supply of school canteens.

She also pointed out that the ministry will monitor school canteens to verify their commitment not to sell soft drinks and their adherence to the sale of permitted food choices at school.

The ministry has directed education departments to open the doors of competition to the private sector in the provision of catering services, the spokesperson said.

Regarding the ministry’s preparations for the new school year, the spokesperson confirmed that the Minister of Education, Dr. Hamad Al-Sheikh, is keen to order all education departments to repair and maintaining schools before the start of the new school year.

She confirmed their availability in all areas to receive the students, such as the completion of all the services that will be provided to them, the printing of the programs and their delivery to the schools.

All textbooks would also be available in digital version on the “Madrasati” platform, in addition they will be distributed in printed version, except for several tracks, such as: digital skills; artistic education; Life and Family Skills, which will be provided as a digital copy only.

The spokesperson pointed out that online study programs would facilitate the long research process for students, as it would help them to obtain information easily and quickly.

There are so many new programs that will be taught this year, such as: critical thinking; digital and technical skills series.

From the previous year, the schools started teaching the English language to the first year primary students and this year it will continue to be taught to the second year primary students.

She added that there will also be a new curriculum for secondary school pathways, which is seen as an important subject as it will help students acquire skills that will prepare them for the job market directly after graduation. or complete their studies at universities. .

The new curriculum is believed to be the first of its kind to be taught to secondary school students, as in previous years it was only offered to students who are in the preparatory year at universities.

The courses are: data science; engineering; Financial direction; vocational education and many more.

Regarding e-learning and ways to benefit from the Madrasati platform, the spokesperson noted that students are still benefiting from the platform since its launch till now.

The Madrasati platform is a strategic choice for the ministry, and also seen as the future of education in Saudi Arabia, as it has received high praise from many organizations such as UNESCO and the World Bank , said the spokesperson.

She confirmed that the ministry will continue to develop the platform, as it will be a reference for teachers, students and even parents.

Madrasati would help students to quickly remember their studies, and the teacher can use it as a tool to give school lessons, as well as parents through the platform can check the level of their children in school.

Regarding transport, the spokesperson added that the ministry continues to allow parents to enroll children in transport through the Noor system.

She added that several school buses have been prepared and maintained, as well as the ministry provided drivers.

The target number of students to be transported to school this year is 1.2 million students of both sexes, she said, adding that the ministry will also provide services to 30,000 students with disabilities.

The spokesperson noted that the school buses which will transport the students have reached 27,000 buses and vehicles, in addition, the ministry has donated 4,000 buses and vehicles which have been outfitted for special education students.

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