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Teaching Industry in Saudi

by Expatguru - 01/18/2010

"This article describes the state of teaching industry in Saudi Arabia and the various pitfalls and benefits an expatriate teacher would expect."

Teaching in Saudi Arabia is a rewarding experience. Besides nursing, teaching is one area in the kingdom where there is a perennial shortage of skilled staff.

There are two types of employment contracts for expatriate teachers. The first one is a direct contract between the employer and the employee. The employer is responsible for paying the teacher the salaries and all other benefits. The second type of contract is through an agent who acts as an intermediary between the employer and the employee. In this type of contract, there is no direct relationship between the two. Both types of contracts are legally allowed and are quite common in the kingdom.

Schools in Saudi Arabia can be broadly classified into state-sponsored schools and private ones. The medium of instruction in Government-aided schools is Arabic, although English has been introduced since last year from Grade 6. There are two types of private, unaided schools. All of these private institutions need to be licensed by the Saudi Government’s Ministry of Education. Again, there are two types of private schools. The first type follows the curriculum of individual countries while the second one follows an international syllabus. Each province in the kingdom is allowed to have only one school for those following their country’s curriculum. Admission to these schools is not allowed for Saudi children, as they are meant exclusively for expat children. Most expat teachers get employed in these schools.

Most female teachers in these expat schools are hired locally. Schools which provide visas for male teachers usually also provide accommodation. Expat schools generally prefer teachers from their own countries, as teachers are familiar with their curriculum.

There is a great deal of opportunity for teachers to provide private tuitions after working hours. Since there is a limitation on the number of expat schools in each province, there is a lot of demand for qualified and skilled teachers. Usually teachers offering private tuitions are paid on an hourly basis and teach in small groups of 4 to 5 students.

At the undergraduate level, there are plenty of opportunities for teachers too. However, the syllabus is strictly controlled by the University. The recently inaugurated King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) offers world-class research facilities. Tremendous growth opportunities exist here too.
If one makes the best use of available opportunities, teaching in the kingdom would be an enriching experience.

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Wednesday 3 March 2010, 5:55 am
what do I need to teach. CELTA? TESOL? I have one year experience in Korea.

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Wednesday 10 March 2010, 5:55 pm
I would gladly come to teach accounting if I were hired. I am willing to come for two years. I have applied but my age is over 58.

Friday 12 March 2010, 10:43 am
I wonder how much people actually comment on these. Does anybody know how much you can make per year (per month), in Saudi? I heard it's alot. In South Korea they give you 2000 USD/month, and an apartment. And if you're savvy you can do private lessons, although it's supposed to be illegal

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