RIYADH, June 22, (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia has announced a distance education program for one million Yemenis from the beginning of the new academic year, local newspaper Okaz reported on Wednesday.
Launched by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre, the program will cover both male and female Yemeni students who live in Yemen or seek refuge in Djibouti and Saudi Arabia, according to the report.
The Saudi Education Minister Dr Ahmed Al Isa said the agreement on the program was signed on Tuesday between the Yemeni government and Saudi Education Development Company.
He highlighted there are 20,000 Yemeni students who study at different Saudi schools.
Students will establish direct and regular contact with their teachers through relevant websites that contain curriculums and teaching activities following the Yemeni syllabus, said the minister. They will also have online exams and tests, he said.
The minister has faith in the success of the program as a similar program covering Saudi students in the western borders has led to fruitful results.
Saudi Arabia was forced to close many schools near its borders with Yemen when the Saudi-led military operations against Houthis in Yemen began in March 2015. Enditem