Several million Egyptian students headed back to school as classes started in some schools in 11 governorates across the country on Saturday for the new academic year 2017/18, including in Cairo, Alexandria and Upper Egypt’s Minya, state-run news agency MENA reported.
Students in the remaining 16 governorates will start school on Sunday.
Some 22 million students are currently enrolled at Egyptian public schools for the new academic year, while over one million are enrolled at private schools.
Governors, security bodies, and the health and education ministries supervised preparations for the new school year.
The start of the school year in the restive North Sinai’s Rafah city has been postponed for two weeks, according to the education ministry.
The Ministry of Education has issued guidelines to school administrators to ensure the safety of students and employees and follow up on plans to prevent and treat infectious diseases among students, MENA added.
The education ministry said it would vaccinate students and ensure the safety of school meals in accordance with a plan set by the health ministry.
The ministry’s guidelines also stress the importance of students saluting the flag and singing the national anthem before the start of classes.
The ministry also said that 99 percent of schools text books have been printed.
Some 2.5 million university students started the academic year last Saturday.