Thursday 8 of December, 2022
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'We Refuse the Recruitment of Egyptian Teachers' Tops Twitter in Saudi Arabia

"First they give an Egyptian footballer a land in Mecca and now they're replacing Saudi teachers with Egyptians? What's happening to our country?"

Staff Writer

In a joint-meeting in Riyadh over the weekend, Egypt's Trader Minister Tarek Qabil announced a cooperation protocol with his Saudi counterparts Majid Bin Al-Qasaby aimed at bolstering the mutual cooperation between the two countries. The initial agreement also implied that Egyptian teachers will get to apply to jobs in Saudi Arabia's public education system, but it wasn't taken well.

What's worth noting is that the aforementioned protocol is only concerned with Saudi's public education system, whereas thousands of Egyptian teachers are already employed by private schools across the kingdom. 

Taking to Twitter, furious Saudi citizens expressed their utter objection to the decision, calling upon their government to give such jobs to Saudis instead. Some took it further and unleashed a furry of hate and discrimination comments toward Egyptians on a hashtag which translates to 'We Refuse the Recruitment of Egyptian Teachers'. The hashtag quickly gained momentum, reaching more than 90K tweets until now, according to BBC Arabic. 

First they give an Egyptian footballer land in Mecca and now they're replacing Saudi teachers with Egyptians? What's happening to our country. 

With all due respect to Egyptians, giving them teaching jobs will not make us develop and our offspring will not be educated properly. We have previous experience with Egyptian teachers; they're not good with Arabic nor English and they're barbaric, with no morals, in addition to their greed and tendency to take advantage of others. 

The Saudi teacher wouldn't help student skip classes and wouldn't sell them the exams. Most Egyptian teachers are corrupt and recruiting them would have a negative impact on our students and will result in a poorly-educated generation. 

All respect and gratitude to Egyptian teachers, but it doesn't make sense to bring a foreigner while tens of thousands of Saudis can't find work. 

The ranking of Egypt's education in terms of quality is very low and it's not acknowledged as a good system anywhere. Meanwhile we are striving to improve our education system and make it better and that's why we refuse the recruitment og Arab teachers, not just Egyptians, because they're moving us backwards. 

You study for 16 years and go through employment tests so an Egyptian comes and takes your job. 

On the other hands, some Saudi twitter users jumped to the defense of Egyptian teachers:

I was taught by Egyptian teachers and I wish my sons could get the same chance for the following reasons: 

1-Their dedication to hard work (no absenteeism or tardiness) 

2-They are patient and can really withstand the students' bad behaviours

3-They would work hard throughout the day without complaining

Egyptian teachers are the reason there are Saudi teachers. I'm honoured that most of my teachers were Egyptians. Their education system precedes ours by decades and their contribution will enrich our education system.

We owe so much to the great Egyptian teachers. Even if we don't need them now, we should at least be thankful for their contribution to us and our country. They have taught us so much.