Riyadh — Students in Saudi Arabia returned to on-campus classes on Sunday during the holy month of Ramadan for the first time after a gap of 14 years.
Teachers and administrators have completed preparations for students in the holy month. The Ramadan classes fall under the third semester of the academic year. The semester is based on the new academic calendar.
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Students of all levels returned to on-campus classes in the Kingdom on Sunday. These included government, private, foreign, and community schools and government and private universities, special education institutes, and institutes following continuing education programs.
The new 39-week long academic year is divided into three semesters of 13 weeks each. The ministry has said that the new system aims to raise teaching efficiency according to the best international standards.
The preparations for Ramadan classes come under the rules of the flexible system for the academic days. In coordination with government agencies, the ministry approved the timing between 9 am and 10 am during Ramadan.
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The education directors have the authority to decide the actual timing of the school. Schools can start between 9 and 10 in the morning, each class lasting 35 minutes.