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'I will personally monitor the progress of the new education system,' says Egypt's Sisi

The president's comments on the much anticipated reforms in the education system came during a busy day inaugurating major health and other projects in various governorates via video conference in Menoufiya governorate

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Sep 2018
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Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi in the event in Mounfiya on 19 September 2018 (Photo:Egyptian presidency)
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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi asked the public on Wednesday during a video conference in Menoufiya governorate to inaugurate various health projects "to wait and see the results of the new educational system in Egypt before criticizing it."

Addressing Minister of Education Tarek Shawky at the event, El-Sisi stated that he would personally monitor the progress of the schools himself, adding that Egypt has had strong experience in the past in improving and developing the education system for the better.

"I am going to visit lots of schools and I am going to sit with my grandchildren in order to follow up on the quality of the education and see how students and teachers are doing,” said El-Sisi, while calling on all governors to provide their full support to the new educational system.

"If we succeed in developing and improving our educational system, our country will move to a higher and better level," he said.

The new academic year (2018-2019) of the Egyptian National education system will start next week in the country.

The Egyptian government signed a deal earlier this year with the World Bank for a $500 million loan to reform the state school system over five years.

The money will be spent on expanding quality kindergarten education for 500,000 children, creating 500,000 new teaching jobs, and making over 1.5 million digital-learning facilities available to educators and students.

El-Sisi also inaugurated a number of educational projects and new schools in several governorates, including a Japanese school that will adopt the Japanese education system Tokkatsu for the first time in Egypt. 

The Tokkatsu education system focuses on achieving a balanced development of intellect, virtue and body by ensuring academic competence, rich emotions and healthy physical development. 

According to Shawky, who spoke at the event, the Japanese schools in the governorates were ready to launch and that those schools accepted more than 13,000 students across five types of schools.

"The goal of the new educational system is to build a new, different Egyptian generation," Shawky said. 

Shawky also announced that El-Sisi agreed to present free tablets, which will be available before the end of October, to the students in their first year of secondary school and that the Ministry of Telecommunication just finished connecting 2500 schools with fiber optics connections.

The minister added that 128,000 teachers across the country are 95% trained on the new educational system. 

He also revealed that the ministry founded new applied technology schools for technical education and that the schools have accepted 144 new students who successfully passed their exams.

El-Sisi also spoke about the importance of technical education, expressing his appreciation for the support of Egyptian businessmen to the educational system in the country.

El-Sisi also inaugurated vis video conference a number of other healthcare projects in Menoufiya, Beheira and Giza governorates.

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Sisi in discussion with ministers at the event (Photo: Egyptian presidency)

Earlier today, while inaugurating a new military hospital in Menoufiya, President  El-Sisi vowed to hold accountable those responsible for the death of three patients earlier this week during a dialysis session at a local hospital in the Nile Delta governorate of Sharqiya.

"Anyone proved to be responsible will be held accountable," El-Sisi said during a conference inaugurating a number of healthcare projects in Menoufiya governorate in the central Delta.

Three people, died and 13 others went into a coma on Saturday after receiving dialysis treatment at the Dirb Negm Hospital.

Minister of Health Hala Zayed said during the conference that 11 of those who fell into a coma have been treated while the two others are still receiving treatment at the hospital.

Prosecutors are currently investigating the matter.

Zayed said the ministry has formed an independent technical committee to identify the cause behind the deaths.

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