RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – The crackdown on illegal foreign workers also affected international schools, including Philippine schools, as many teachers failed to show up for their classes on the first day of the resumption of the campaign.
Many teachers have only dependents or non-working permits as their residence visa in the kingdom.
"Pinagsusumikapan ng mga Philippine schools na ituloy ang pagtuturo sa mga bata hanggang matapos ang school year. Subalit aminado ang mga eskwelahan na hirap sila sa kasalukuyang pagpapaigting ng Saudization lalo pa't may mga random inspections ang ministry," said teacher Marlene Camid of the Future Generation Philippine International School.
Dependents were earlier allowed to teach in international schools as long as they pass the conditions laid down by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Interior.
"Yun na nga tinanong namin sa mga dependents kung sino yung magpapa-transfer. Yung iba naman kasi dapat daw talaga i-transfer. Yung iba naman na-transfer, yung iba naman dependents na teachers din, ayaw naman magpa-transfer," said school principal Paz Bea of the Al-Danah International School.
The Saudi Arabian government gave schools and teachers a reprieve until December to correct their documents. Report from Zhariya Alamada, ABS-CBN Middle East News Bureau