Female teacher candidates exempted from residence criteria.
Impact of the relaxed conditions.
King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, approved recommendations by Prince Faisal Bin Abdullah Bin Muhammad, Minister of Education, to cancel the requisite that demand proof of residence by female teacher candidates before they are employed in the Ministry of Education.
The endorsement is a move to bring about parity in recruitment. The cancellation will be effective from 2012.
King Abdullah also directed transportation authorities to take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of women passengers.
The King?s decision is based on recommendations from a committee consisting of the undersecretaries of the ministries of Interior, Education, and Civil Service, and the Control and Investigation Board.
?The cancellation of the residence proof has become an imperative in the wake of the royal order to create 52,000 jobs in the Ministry of Education so that all women applicants get fair employment opportunities,? Education Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdullah said while thanking the king for the order.
The regulation was in place to benefit women so that they work in their own towns and villages and avoid risky commutation to remote workplaces.? However, studies conducted by the ministry has found negative impact of the stipulation and requested the government to further review the condition.
Recently, government announced several measures to end unemployment among Saudi men and women. Among the 52,000 new job requirements in the education sector, 39,000 are reserved for women as a move to ease unemployment among educated Saudi women. Opportunities for women are mostly offered in education and health sectors.
The government also ordered that only women should work in lingerie shops.
Studies report that unemployment among Saudi women is at 28 percent.
The King?s endorsement is a relief to the educated women folk in Saudi. They can now look forward to working in their choice of place.
Sources: Saudigazette, arabnews.com