The Egyptian cabinet’s information centre has denied reports that the funds allocated for education would be reduced in the 2019/20 budget.
In a statement on Thursday, the centre said that the Ministry of Finance categorically denies the reports, which it described as baseless.
Education is a top priority for the state, which is keen to provide all the needed support for this sector, the cabinet said.
Earlier on Monday, during a meeting of parliament’s planning and budget committee, Minister of Education Tarek Shawky expressed frustration over the ministry not receiving the full funds it had requested for the new budget.
"Despite requesting EGP 138 billion, we received only EGP 99 billion," said Shawky.
"The EGP 39 billion difference is needed to increase teacher salaries, renovate buildings, create networks and buy tablets," he said.
The Ministry of Education is embarking on a 12-year overhaul of the education system at an expected cost of $2 billion. The new system was implemented last September and includes a new curriculum and text books as well as the introduction of tablets in exams.
Egypt is ranked among the poorest performing countries in education. The World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2017/18 ranked Egypt 130th and 133rd in the quality of primary education and of the overall education system out of 137 countries surveyed.