Saudi Education Minister Hamad bin Muhammad Al Al-Sheikh said that the kingdom had conducted revisions to educational curricula “to ensure that they are free of extremist ideas.”
This came in response to a question about the Saudi curriculum during a discussion session within the activities of the G20 summit that Riyadh organized virtually via video in light of the Corona pandemic.
The minister talked about his country’s experience in education during the pandemic, and said that it advanced in 16 global indicators during the “Covid-19” epidemic.
The minister’s statement about the curriculum review sparked reactions on social media platforms, with commentators denouncing claims that the curricula call for extremism.
Over the past years, the Kingdom announced that it is reconsidering the curricula to combat what it describes as extremist ideology. The Ministry of Education said in 2018 that it was reformulating the curricula to develop them and rid them of any influence of the ideas of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Those who claim that the curricula of legitimate universities do not need to be renewed – which takes into account the scientific principles, interests and reality – do not believe it, and whoever claims that the legal curricula is the cause of extremism, accuse him and make sure that his claim is not true, and whoever thinks that the legal curricula does not correspond to the interests and the spirit of the times is one who did not understand The wisdom and tolerance of the Sharia
– Dr. Abdullah bin Ali al-Mimouni (@almimoniaarsm) November 21, 2020
The last stage of the education review is to evaluate the curriculum from whatever is not useful
I was hoping that you would look at the study environment, the state of our schools, and how to treat them instead of checking the curricula as if all of them have passed completely.
They were copied from any country with advanced education and the permits are free after the results,
– Eng. sultan Aljohani (@ tvtc32) November 22, 2020
The news is clear, they only conducted a review to make sure, praise be to God, our curricula did not, ever, call for extremism and contradicting the true Islamic religion.
– Naji Al Dhafiri (@najialdhfeeri) November 22, 2020