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public sector employees in Saudi Arabia are back to work

By Marwa Mahmoud

Human Resources ministry in Saudi Arabia announced that today, Sunday, the date for all public sector employees to return to workplaces, with a commitment to apply preventive protocols against the Coronavirus.

It has set a number of conditions for the return of all employees to their place of work, which require that employees continue to attend according to flexible hours, continue to suspend fingerprints,, according to the classification of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control.

The Ministry allowed the head of the government entity or his authorized person to apply remote work for a number of the entity’s employees, provided that their percentage does not exceed 25% of the total employees, provided that the entity enables those who work remotely to perform their duties.

It is noteworthy that the Ministry of Human Resources allowed the return of public sector employees to work places by 50% as of Shawwal 8 last month, and then the percentage increased to 75% since the 29th of the same month.

In addition, the variable working time structure ensures that workers attendance at work in three classes is as follows: the first group begins work at 7:30 a.m.; the second group begins at 8:30 a.m.; and the third group starts at 9:30 a.m.

More than 6 million students in Saudi Arabia return, on Sunday, at the start of an exceptional academic year in light of the Corona pandemic, to continue their distance education journey under the slogan “My school is in my home.”

The Ministry of Education has completed all its preparations and educational plans, by creating a “My School Platform” for distance education, including all the guides for use by students and their parents, teacher, School leaders and educational supervisors.

The Ministry of Education has also prepared 23 educational channels (Ain Al-Fadaaeia) to broadcast lessons according to a study schedule, including three channels for special education, and archived them on (YouTube) for reference at any time.

More than six million students benefit from the Madrasati platform in more than 250,000 daily virtual classes, as well as 525,000 teachers, parents, school leaders, and educational supervisors, as they interact in a multi-track educational journey, tasks, and roles .