Arab News reports that Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Education, Pr. Khaled Al-Faisal, is alerting schoolteachers that they, too, fall under the Kingdom’s new anti-terrorism law. This has been a weak point in Saudi Arabia’s anti-terrorism efforts. While the government may take a particular stance, it has permitted teachers — those with primary access to young minds — to teach pretty much whatever they want, however they want, so long as they pay official obeisance to the curriculum. There has been very little monitoring of what actually goes on in the classrooms and Saudi parents have complained.
The article does not state that any particular measures are being taken to increase monitoring. Lacking enhanced monitoring, I can only assume that the Ministry intends to act on parental complaints. The Ministry will, however, be contacting school principals to ensure they’re aware of their responsibilities.
Education Minister Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has urged all schoolteachers to abide by the Kingdom’s new anti-terror laws and ensure they teach their students about correct Islamic practices and to remain loyal to their country.
His comments come in the wake of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, through the Interior Ministry, banning several extremist and terrorist organizations, and instituting jail terms of up to 20 years for citizens fighting in conflicts abroad.
“The ministry has warned people against joining, supporting or funding any groups that have been listed as terrorist organizations.”
The minister said that it was necessary to safeguard Islam, the unity of the Ummah, and the Kingdom’s security and stability.