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Egypt's forthcoming academic year to start on 24 September

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Jul 2016
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File Photo: Students heading to their first day of an academic semester (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt’s new school semester is set to start on 24 September, the education minister announced on Tuesday.

In a meeting with the High Board of Pre-college Education, the Minister of Education El-Hilali El-Sherbini discussed the timetable for the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year.

El-Sherbini has yet to announce when classes would end  or when schools would be off for holidays.

Several issues, including ministerial bills and other suggestions, were also discussed.

According to state owned MENA agency, the board agreed on a ministerial bill for school discipline systems, one that the ministry argues will enable schools to execute their educational, moral, and scientific roles and focus on the use of educational therapy methods instead of using more traditional punishments.

A proposal to enforce “electronic absence”- electronic recordkeeping for student arrivals and attendance - for primary high school students starting during the upcoming semester was also approved.

The “electronic absence” is then set to be applied at other levels of high school education during the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 academic years respectively.

El-Sherbini said that every student who commits to attending classes and shows disciplined behavior would be awarded with an extra five points to be added to their grades.

The minister has been under fire from high school students since a scandal revolving around the leaking of Thanaweya Amma exams. The fallout from the scandal witnessed the cancellation of several exams’ results and the eruption of student-lead protests.

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