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Nazif says government faces schooling problem as annual birth rates increase

Child births increase to 2 million annually, while schools can only serve 1.7 million, PM says

Ahram Online , Tuesday 21 Dec 2010
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Egypt's Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif cautioned that more than two million births were reported last year, which leaves the government in a difficult situation as to how to provide schooling. 

Currently, Egypt's school capacity stands at 1.7 million, which leaves the country with a shortage of 300 thousand places for students, Nazif said. 

He added that the country needs to act against the increasing birth rate, while ensuring that the state continues to build new schools to combat overcrowded classes.

Despite the crunch, Nazif assured that the state would continue to provide free public education to those who cannot afford private schools. He  highlighted the government's efforts to develop education in Egypt, noting the recent budget increase from EGP33 million ($5,683,286.01) to EGP36 million ($6,199,948.38).  

 

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