Saudi king orders 200 Ministry of Education employees to be reinstated

Many of the workers were dismissed shortly after being hired

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered 200 Saudi employees dismissed at the Ministry of Education in January 2013 to be reinstated.

Arab News reports that all those who wish to return to work in vacant positions in the ministry corresponding to their qualifications and civil service ranking can do so under the royal order.

Alternatively a number of jobs could be modified for this purpose within the state budget.

Minister of civil service Khaled Al-Araj thanked the king in a tweet and said the order called for the formation of a joint committee from the ministries of education, finance and civil service and Monitoring Investigation Commission to carry outs its provisions.

The workers were dismissed from their roles shortly after being hired due to what the ministry described as “mistakes in the appointment procedures”, according to the publication.

A second group was dismissed six months later bringing the total to 200.

The employees appealed the decision but no action was taken until a group they formed was able to meet with King Salman.

This prompted the Saudi ruler to ask for an official report, which led to his decision.