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Egypt begins new school year; minister hopes for 'stability'

Education minister warns all educational directorates against being involved in politics in order not to provoke differences between faculty and students

Ahram Online , Monday 28 Sep 2015
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School children attend the first day of classes at the Talaat Harb government primary school, in the popular district of Shubra, Cairo, Egypt, Monday Sept. 28, 2015 (Photo:AP)
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At least 19 million Egyptian pupils will head back to school on Monday, the first day of a new academic year, which the education minister hopes will be "more stable."

Minister of Education and Technical Education El-Hilali El-Sherbini told MENA agency that his ministry was ready to put in place urgent maintenance and security plans for schools and other educational facilities around Egypt for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The ministry has warned in an official statement sent to all educational directorates of involvement in politics in order to avoid provoking differences between faculty and students, and also to prevent any adverts on school walls that make use of political or religious slogans.

"We will work on making this academic year more stable and we will be expecting commitment from all parties, students and professors," El-Sherbini said.

"If any student faces a problem in any of their school subjects I encourage them to go to the private tutors and groups that will be provided by each school in all governorates," he added.

Egypt has long suffered from a deteriorating education system, which has been mostly blamed on insufficient government investment.

The country ranked last out of 148 countries surveyed in the 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report, published by the World Economic Forum, for the quality of its primary education.

Schools suffer from a lack of facilities and a poor curriculum, while teachers complain of insufficient salaries.

This fiscal year 2015-2016, the government has allocated LE99.2 billion for education compared to LE94.4 billion in the 2014/15 budget.
 

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NO to RESHAPE the MIDDLE -EAST
02-10-2015 05:27am
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spelling bee
So ,this male's job is to threaten the educators to KEEP OUT OF POLITICS, and SEND the student TO PRIVATE TUTORS !!!!It seems to be that NOTHING WILL CHANGE in the SYSTEM ITSELF!!!The policy, to KEEP the NATION in a LOW LEVEL of KNOWLEDGE, WHICH is 'PROTECTING 'them FROM THINKING and UNDERSTANDING will go on and we all know WHY.The NATURALLY INTELLIGENT and SKILLFUL EGYPTIANS [SURVIVED 7500 YEARS]would be TOO DANGERS FOR ANY GOVERNMENT to STAY in POWER!. It is better to let the SUPER GENIUS YOUTH to LEAVE the COUNTRY and sell their talent TO NASA [the leader scientist are their EGYPTIANS!]or any other places ,where their unique talent is NEEDED and BENEFIT THEM! SHAME on the GOVERNMENT and the PUPPET so called 'MINISTER of EDUCATION'!By the way,the person who is calling himself 'Minister of Education' MUST PARTICIPATE in a 'SPELLING BEE' CONTEST to prove that he is up to the job!
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Tut
28-09-2015 01:21pm
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Crammed like sardine
How they are supposed to learn anything when they are packed like sardines in crowded classrooms? Perhaps if the Army lightens up on the shopping spree Egypt can afford to build modern schools!
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Sam Enslow
28-09-2015 01:05pm
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Teach how to discuss various ideas
Politics is a subject that affects all aspects of live. It is important that students learn about different political systems, theories, practices, and how the Egyptian government works. They need to learn to discuss ideas and not personalities and how to disagree without being disagreeable. Stability and the quest for it is dangerous in a country where reforms are necessary. Leaders need to learn to be questioned and regular citizens how to question with respect. Listening also needs to be taught. Discussion and debate are necessary in these timed, not blind obedience or blind opposition.
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