Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Teachers the target again!

Here we go again! Yesterday, police in Riyadh raided some places, arrested them and took them straightaway to the deportation center. No court, no trial, nothing as usual. And these guys were not criminals, they were teachers. Their 'crime' was that they were offering private tuitions in their homes to children!


Everyone knows the pitiable condition of international schools in the kingdom. We keep hearing the usual complaint - low standards, poor facilities and so forth. But when we have poorly paid teachers which is the root cause of the problem, what more do you expect from them? They too need bread in their plates like everyone else, right? And when someone takes private tuitions in his/her home to students willingly ready to pay the mutually agreed fees, what is the problem? Yes, it is illegal if someone flaunts a board publicly and runs a parallel unregistered business. But within the four walls of his house, does an expat not have the right to do whatever he wants, as long as he does not disturb his neighbors? Who gave the rights to police to raid someone's home for an activity which is entirely private inside his home? Just like Saudi citizens who have private rights, don't expats have this basic right in the 'Kingdom of Humanity'?

These teachers have been herded to the deportation center like petty criminals. Isn't their a court or even a trial? If these teachers are indeed deported, I would feel happy for them because the loss is not theirs but the students. Qualified and experienced teachers would easily get a job anywhere in the world. But I pity these students who have nowhere else to go, and their parents too. For expats working in Saudi Arabia with their families, the time has come to think hard whether it is really worth staying any longer in this place. Period.

12 comments:

Micper said...

Hi,
I appreciate your concern.
Micper

Anonymous said...

The Saudi Government has been giving us expats hints for a long time, that they want all expat out of the country. When was the last time they made a law that benefited or improved the quality of life for an expat.
I agree with you completely, it is time that we decide if we should stay here any longer.
-ACE

Anonymous said...

I can't just stop laughing at those clowns introducing stupid rules day by day.

Anonymous said...

Expats are treated like beggars who have no voice in this country and they can be deported back anytime without any justification.

Ahmed said...

Even though your concern is right upto some extent, but I would like to put my point. What I felt during my school days was that teachers were partial towards students who take their tutions. I am not telling that all teachers are like that but I have seen some.

Anonymous said...

REALLY PITIABLE FOR GOING LARGE IN INHUMANITY .....FOR THESE GUYS TOO......

Anonymous said...

I wonder some times what could be the reason of these double standards. Really appreciate your empathy towards expats. And here I am planing to go on exit my only mistake I asked for transfer as they didn't pay me for 4 months... It seems labour courts take a very long time for the justice, justice delayed is justice denied. So any suggestions on my condition....

Anonymous said...

Kingdom of humanity??? Or Kingdom of Humility?

Anonymous said...

Point of no return to this low class country! They are uneducated and in humane! Expat should leave and see what happens to them. The wise saying: money can not buy you manners, value or education! They are .......I would not lower myself into this insane, surreal place! Hell on earth!!!

Anonymous said...

Agreed that it is not proper to arrest a person for taking tuition on mutually agreed terms but
It is against the law of the country to involve in any business other than cited in the visa .and the tuition teachers also know that (it is immaterial whether you or me likes it or not)
Tuition in KSA. has become widespread ,. Many teachers
Naturally give preference to their students in test papers
so the others also may come to them
An average amt is 300 SAR for one month , for a batch of 20 , it comes to 6000 ...like that many batches on week off days
For expats who grumble about this inhuman country
Why not leave it and come back ( which of course they will not do , they will grumble again and again but stay back as the month end salary is better than in home country)
Let the tuition business be abolished , let the teachers
Teach all the students with equality and those weak students who requires special attention be arranged special classes by school

Expatguru said...

Anonymous,

The issue here is whether or not a person has liberty to do whatever he wants within his home as long as it does not disturb others. Would any Saudi tolerate if the police entered his house (unless there is great emergency or danger to life or safety issue)? I know for sure that Saudi citizens have individuals rights. All I want to know is, why did the police enter people's homes, picked up people like petty criminals and straightaway took them to the deportation center without even the basic courtesy of producing them before a magistrate for a trial - something common in any civilized country? If indeed what they did was illegal, let the law take its course but don't treat them like the way they were done.

About your sweeping statement about expats "staying back", why not just put a ban on ALL expats in the kingdom? Why do you keep their passports with you and treat them worse than slaves? If there is so much hatred against them, why not just let them go? Reality is that this society in the post-oil boom is a spoilt and pampered one who want to rest on someone's back and would not lift a finger. Truth is bitter, but sooner or later you would have to swallow it.

Anonymous said...

Appreciate your concern dada.