Education system in Saudi Arabia favors men
Education system in Saudi Arabia is designed to equip women with skills that make them good mothers (Amani, 43). This is different from the type of education men receive in school. Men are offered different courses that offer them skills necessary for the job market. This is unfair because if women were offered skills to make them good mothers then their husbands should be taught on how to become good husbands and fathers. The growth in technology requires employees to have up-to-date skills that are required by employers. Teaching women on matters to do with religion and household only deprives them necessary skills and forces them to spend their lives jobless and dependent on their husbands (Amani, 43). This is a sad situation because most women are jobless in a country that relies on foreigners to fill its many job opportunities
Saudi Arabia has created unemployment by offering women unnecessary skills in the job market. Nobody wants to go to school to learn about how to become a good wife. These are skills that people have naturally and only get better with time through parenting experience. The administration of the country is forced to rely on foreigners to work in its companies. This is a loss of income because most of this money is sent back to the countries of origin of the foreigners. Men are also heavily burdened because they have to use their income to cater for all their household needs (Eleanor Abdella, 243). This is different from other countries where men and women have equal education rights. Women have proven themselves to be efficient in their jobs as their male counterparts. Therefore, condemning them to house wife roles for the rest of their lives is a waste of important human resources.
Changes made in the education sector are not aimed at rectifying the existing gap between male and female levels of literacy. Most of the resources have been used to hire more teachers, building new schools and offering a curriculum with more content. None of this is meant to increase women’s literacy levels. Furthermore, the skills being offered here do not meet the labor market requirements. As a result of this, even the few women who have managed to study in higher institutions are still jobless. Only 16% of jobs in the country are occupied by women (Eleanor Abdella, 244). This is a sorry state that has affected women most and benefited immigrants. Women are fast learners who when provided with the right environment challenge men strongly. Most developed countries have almost equal number of women as men in the labor force. This explains why the government has erred in denying women equal education rights.
Saudi Arabia women are great mothers because of the education they receive. Teaching women how to become good mothers makes them excellent in their duties (Eleanor Abdella, 245). Most women in the world have failed in their motherly roles because they concentrate on their careers and spend a little time with their children. This has resulted to families where the children and their parents are alienated. The parents are also drawn apart by the demands of their professions that eventually break up a marriage. Divorce rates are higher in developed countries than in Saudi Arabia because of professional women who have no need of a man in their lives and are focused on their careers.
Educated women are able to fight for their rights and stand their ground when their husbands try to abuse them. This is because they know their rights, are bold enough o stand their ground, and have a steady income that can cater for their needs and those of their children. They are not afraid of their men and are not taught on how to become good women by totally submitting to their husbands. In Saudi Arabia divorces rate is not as high as in the western world. This is due to low levels of education and a society that discriminates against women.
Doumato, Eleanor Abdella. “Education in Saudi Arabia: gender, jobs, and the price of religion.” Women and Globalization in the Arab Middle East (2003): 239-258.
Hamdan, Amani. “Women and education in Saudi Arabia: Challenges and achievements.” International Education Journal 6.1 (2005): 42-64.