Forty percent of students at certain primary schools were held back for one academic year because they failed mathematics and science subjects, according to a report from the Public Education Evaluation Commission (PEEC).
The PEEC, in a recent survey of grades three and six at certain primary schools, also found that 43 percent of the grade three students were not able to get the minimum pass mark for mathematics, according to a report in an online newspaper. A similar situation was found at grade six level.
Naif Al-Rumi, governor of the PEEC, said the results of the study would be used to improve education outcomes over the next three to six years. The data would be sent to the National Human Rights Commission and the labor, planning and economy ministries.
He said the study also found that 92 percent of teachers were satisfied with their profession. However, 66 percent said their enthusiasm had diminished after entering the profession.
The PEEC was founded in 2013 as an independent agency that would evaluate private and public schools in the Kingdom. According to a Cabinet resolution, the PEEC reports directly to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.
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