An autonomous commission with a legal personality, which is directly associated with the Prime Minister
The Council of Ministers issued Resolution No. 340 dated 23/10/1433H and Resolution No. 120 dated 22/04/1434H with regards to establishing and regulating the ETEC, which is a government entity with a financially and administratively autonomous legal personality. The ETEC is the regulating entity responsible for evaluating public and private education in the Kingdom. Accordingly, it shall be associated with the Prime Minister until the High Council of Education exercises its functions.
The ETEC will be directed by a board of directors provided that the chair of the board is appointed by a Royal Order. The members of the board shall represent all the entities relevant to the educational process, as well as specialists and representatives on behalf of the private education sector. The Commission will also collaborate with relevant government and private institutions in the issuance of regulations, laws, and licenses, in addition to establishing the necessary standards for all phases of the evaluation process in compliance with its law and other relevant laws.
Statute of the Public Education Evaluation Commission
Pursuant to Council of Ministers Resolution No. 120 dated 22/04/1434H, Article 5 of the Statute stipulates that for the purpose of achieving its objectives, the Commission may carry out the following:
1. Develop an evaluation system to ensure the quality of public education, which shall include standards and key indicators as well as a national qualification framework for public education, in addition to any related procedures and forms.
2. Develop advanced standards for public education stages for measuring performance efficiency at the institutional and program levels.
3. Develop curriculum standards and determine knowledge and skills to be acquired by students at each stage.
4. Carry out periodic performance evaluation and accreditation of state and private schools based on the criteria set by the Commission, whether performed by the Commission, through outsourcing or in collaboration with specialized entities.
5. Develop and implement standardized national tests at every educational stage.
6. Establish controls governing the quality of all elements of education and publish appropriate reference guides.
7. Set professional standards, competency tests and license requirements for professionals working in public education.
8. Evaluate programs implemented in state and private education institutions.
9. Conduct and promote relevant research and studies.
10. Publish results of evaluation and accreditation carried out by the Commission as well as information and data related thereto, and issue relevant journals, periodicals, books, brochures, reference guides and pamphlets.
11. Communicate with similar institutions abroad to benefit from their experience and expertise.
12. Grant licenses to evaluation and accreditation entities.
Sectors of the Commission: