The Anti-Corruption Commission, Nazaha, has urged the Ministries of Education and Higher Education to introduce anti-corruption as a subject in school and university curricula to combat corruption and to encourage integrity.
Sources told local media that Nazaha asked the two ministries to provide them with updates on this issue.
The commission has also sought a review of the curriculum to introduce anti-corruption as a topic. The commission has asked the Ministry of Higher Education to provide updates on research carried out by Saudi universities in the anti-corruption field.
The Ministry of Higher Education stated a topic entitled “Protecting Integrity and Fighting Corruption” will be added to proposed research papers.
The commission also sought similar updates from various government departments seeking information on anti-corruption measures implemented by them. The move comes in the wake of requirements to implement the National Strategy to Protect Integrity and Combating Corruption. This comes in line with the requirements stipulated in Paragraph 5A and 5C of the strategy, which are related to increasing religious sense and conducting awareness campaigns against corruption.
According to the report, the commission also called on the Ministry of Information to provide updates about its awareness campaigns. The Ministry of Information directed media to continue with its efforts to educate members of the public about this issue. The Saudi Council for Senior Scholars, Scientific Research and the Ifta Directorate issued a number of decisions and fatwas to prevent and monitor financial and administrative corruption.
The commission also received updates from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs about its efforts to discourage individuals from engaging in acts of corruption.
The Council of Saudi Chambers sent updates about its activities and awareness programs, which targeted businessmen about protecting integrity and fighting corruption.