In Photos: Egyptian schools, universities kickstart academic year with high spirit, enhanced security presence

Ahram Online , Sunday 1 Oct 2023

National schools and universities across 27 Egyptian governorates have started their 2023/2024 academic year by Sunday with high student attendance and amid intensified security presence in Cairo to ensure smooth traffic and students’ safety.

Students lining up in a school in Dakahlia governorate. Press photo


While the school year began in 12 governorates on Saturday, schools in other governorates, including the capital, began receiving students Sunday.

Governors are conducting inspections of schools to ensure discipline and create an encouraging atmosphere for the more than 25 million students this year.

Minister of Education and Technical Education Reda Hegazy accompanied Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel-Aal in a visit to Al-Sayeda Nafisa secondary school for girls.

Non-payment of school fees

During the tour, Abdel-Aal emphasized that no student would be denied access to education or schoolbooks due to delayed fee payments.

Fees will be covered for students who cannot afford them, as well as for children from families in need and those under the umbrella of the social protection program Takaful and Karama, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Solidarity and the Egyptian General Federation of NGOs, the governor said.

The new school year is scheduled to conclude on 8 June 2024 nationwide.

October War holiday

While students are warming up for school curricula, the Ministry of Education has instructed schools to utilize the first classes to educate students about the Sixth of October 1973 War and highlight the state’s national projects and achievements. 

The first school week will be abbreviated due to the country's celebration of the golden jubilee of the victory on Thursday, providing students with an extended weekend until Saturday.

Welcome, autumn!

Fortunately, the weather began to improve significantly today a week after autumn started in Egypt. Cairo sees highs of 31 degrees Celsius, while Alexandria and the North Coast are experiencing highs of around 29 degrees.

Daytime weather remains hot in South Sinai, home to Sharm El-Sheikh, and in southern Upper Egypt, home to Luxor and Aswan, it is recording 38 and 43 degrees, respectively.

Many areas across Egypt, including the North Coast, Nile Delta, and Suez Canal cities, expect light rain today, the Egyptian Meteorological Authority said, adding that rain may extend to parts of Greater Cairo.

Millions of university students

Universities started the academic year on Saturday, opening doors for more than three million students in public, national, private, international, and technical universities.

The first semester will conclude on 4 January, with exams scheduled to end on 25 January. Exams for the second semester, which runs from 10 February to 30 May, will take place in June.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research started the school year with good news as 28 Egyptian universities have secured a presence on The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024.

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