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Egyptian 10-year-old expelled for ‘inciting a revolution’ in Kuwait

When 10-year-old Bassem asked his teacher in Kuwait 'Why didn't you have a revolution in your country?' he didn't expect to be expelled from school for inciting a revolution

Ahram Online, Friday 3 Jun 2011
Egypt
An Egyptian boy poses with a sign in front of anti-government protesters in Tahrir Square, the center of anti-government demonstrations, in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011.(AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
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Bassem, a ten-year-old Egyptian child residing with his parents in Kuwait, was expelled from school for asking his teacher “Why didn’t you have a revolution in your country?” according to the Kuwaiti Al-Ra’y (The Opinion) newspaper.

In fact, that simple question caused him to be blacklisted from any Kuwaiti school.

The child’s father, a professor at Kuwait University, was shocked to hear the news of his son’s suspension and the reason behind it. After receiving the news from his son, Bassem’s father went to the school to hear it for himself. The administration replied that he was suspended because he was “inciting a revolution in Kuwait.”

The father told the Kuwaiti Al-Ra’y newspaper that he had done all he could to convince the school to change the decision and that his son does not even understand the meaning of the word “revolution” and that he only picked it up from media channels, but to no avail.

After failing to convince the school, Bassem’s father said he went to the education headquarters to meet the general director, Roqaya Hussein, who informed him that the suspension decision cannot be reverted.

He then went to the ministry of education to meet the assistant secretary, Mona Al-Loghany, who echoed that Bassem was “inciting a revolution” and was, therefore, suspended.

Bassem’s father said his appeal arguing that his son’s teacher wrongly estimated the statement was not accepted, which means that his son will lose a whole academic year since the decision came at the end of his current school year.

The father said he also complained to Minister of Education Ahmed El-Melify, and the Egyptian Embassy has even interjected on his behalf to change the decision to suspend Bassem, which has come to nothing.

He concluded that he is putting his hopes in the legal administration currently looking into the case.

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