Private schools growing at only 3% per annum and currently make up 12% of total enrolment
Riyadh — Saudi Arabia will need over a million new school places by 2020 in grades 1-12, of which 150,000 are expected to come from the private sector, according to a recent report.
The number of private schools in the Kingdom has been growing at 3% per annum, with the strongest growth being seen at the primary level, where enrolment in public schools has declined, according to the PwC Middle East’s Education practice report.
Sally Jeffery, PwC Partner, Middle East Education & Skills Practice leader and Global Education Sector leader, said: “By 2020, Saudi Arabia is predicted to need over a million new school places for grades 1-12 and 125,000 seats in post-secondary.”
Saudi Arabia faces tough policy choices in higher education.
If historical rates of enrolment continue, and the university age population continues to grow, around 125,000 additional seats will be required in post-secondary education by 2020.
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