The Ministry of Education, represented by the Agency for Projects and Maintenance in the 1441H school year, completed several projects to service the educational process through the provision, operation, maintenance, modernization and development of school buildings; to serve students in all regions and governorates of the Kingdom.
These efforts were represented by many of the vital and development projects that the Ministry completed during the school year, through receiving 63 projects with a total value of 598 million rials (29.850) students in the Kingdom's regions, receiving (10) educational projects from the projects assigned to the TBC, and the building of the Department of Education in Al-Kharj Governorate.
The Ministry completed (77) projects of the company, which was avoided from China, and (53) projects of TBC were approved by the Ministry of Finance, (18) projects of TBC were covered by the savings of the Ministry's projects, and (6) investment projects were transferred for lack of need. The company completed 33 projects of the avoided Chinese company.
The Ministry's Project and Maintenance Agency addressed the situation of a number of projects by issuing change orders with the necessary items; To make full use of them, and to grant contractors additional terms due to late disbursement of extracts; In accordance with the regular procedures, in coordination with the relevant authorities of the Ministry, the issue of (2511) a change order for (1,223) projects.
The situation of the projects that have been suspended at 0% has also been addressed in the implementation of the capacity and demand study, ensuring that the Ministry needs them either at their sites or reprogramming them to other sites that are more in need, or to cancel and benefit from their costs in implementing new projects, in addition to the processing of 340 avoided projects and 373 projects that are withdrawn. Reprogramming 60 projects as a priority of need in major cities, as well as addressing the problems of southern boundary schools in the Jazan and Najran regions, through the introduction of new classes and the restoration of a number of schools to raise absorptive capacity.
To cover growth in student numbers and avoid overcrowding in some existing school buildings; additional chapters have been implemented and 3313 have been equipped for KG phase, and 1199 has been carried out to rehabilitate existing projects to increase their life expectancy. The Agency has also worked to upgrade and develop the specifications of the Ministry's projects and to develop new designs in coordination with a TBC to meet the needs of the current and future ministry. This provides sustainability, reduced operating and maintenance costs, parts, and process governance between the Project and Maintenance Agency, the common Services Agency and the Education Departments, and issue a guide that explains the path of change orders, additional durations, roles, and responsibilities.
In the area of rationalization, an agreement was concluded with the Energy efficiency Services (Rationalization) for the conservation of a number of existing buildings in three phases, the first phase of 126 schools was completed and the second phase of 325 schools is under way.
The company's insurance was also disclosed in all education departments by providing a supply of 79,000 air conditioners to a TBC of 200 Million Riyals, and adopting sports gym models for girls within the initiative of promoting the sports participation of girls by preparing 252 halls, 230 of which were offered through TBC.
The Agency worked on studying the need for school buildings in some areas of the Kingdom to make the most of the construction, maintenance and conversion initiative, and studied five areas (Riyadh, Medina, Jeddah, Sharqiya, Najran, Jazan, Ahsa).
In addition to rented premises, 48 rented premises with an annual rental value of 10.8 million rials were canceled after visits to regions and governorates, as well as continuing to lay off rented premises and reduce their numbers through meetings with education departments and contractors.
In the light of the Corona crisis, the Agency (796) provided a school building in all the Kingdom regions, with the aim of transferring employment to it, as it provided the suitable environment for social exclusion as a solution to the problem of the Corona pandemic that devastated the world.
The Ministry began work on equipping the school buildings it contributed as a solution to the problem of Coruna to prepare for the new school year through its rehabilitation, in three stages, where the first stage will start with 392 school buildings, the second with 218 and the third with 186 school buildings.