Vocational education key to development.

THE need for a modern education system was first realized when the

Kingdom introduced a structured curriculum for primary, intermediate and

secondary levels in the 1950s.

However, it was not until more than a decade later that the

government began to understand the necessity of vocational and technical

education facilities – which led to the opening of the first technical

institute in Riyadh in1966. Four years later, starting with the first

Five-Year Development Plan in 1970, Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia