Minister of Social Solidarity Nevin El-Qabbaj announced the exemption of 1.1 million students, who come from families-in-need that are not enrolled in the cash transfer social programme Takaful and Karama,
from school fees this academic year,
The total cost set to be borne by the ministry for this exemption comes to EGP 280 million (about $17.8 million), according to a ministry statement released earlier this week.
According to the minister, 2,000 laptops will be provided to students with disabilities and 2,000 hearing amplifiers will be granted to students with hearing impairment.
El-Qabbaj also said 100 school bags will be given to students from families-in-need free of charge, in coordination with civil society organisations.
The ministry will also provide college grants to 6,309 students who achieve high grades in pre-university education and those who are part of the Takaful and Karama programme.
In September, Minister of Education Tarek Shawki announced that the ministry plans on distributing 1.8 million tablets among students and install 36,000 computer screens as well as a new fiber optic network in schools to enhance the educational experience.
Egypt has 23.5 million students in 30,000 schools with 500,000 classrooms.