Egypt education ministry relaxes regulations for establishing language schools

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Feb 2024

Egypt's Minister of Education and Technical Education Reda Hegazy approved on Wednesday a proposal by the General Authority for Educational Buildings (GAEB) accepting land plots larger than 1,200 square metres within cities for establishing language schools, mirroring the model of Arabic language schools already in place.

Ministry of Education and Technical Education
Ministry of Education and Technical Education, the New Administrative Capital.


The move is part of efforts to incentivize investment in the education sector, with a focus on delivering high-quality education to diverse societal segments, read a ministry statement.

The allocation of land plots is mandatory for granting licences to establish private schools. According to GAEB regulations, the land area for Arabic private schools should not be less than 1250 square metres, while a language school land area should not be less than 2,500 square metres. 

The GAEB explained that a concept has been developed to ease some of the requirements. If a site for establishing a primary language school with a minimum area of 1,200 square metres is available, standards and conditions can be applied without compromising the students' capacity in classrooms and playgrounds, the authority said.

By encouraging the establishment of language schools, the ministry aims to address student overcrowding while ensuring access to top-tier educational opportunities at affordable rates, added the statement.

According to Ministry of Education and Technical Education figures, in the school year 2023/ 2024:

  • Total number of public schools: 50,403.
  • Total number of private schools: 11,109.
  • Total number of classrooms in public schools: 463,948.
  • Total number of classrooms in private schools: 92,940.

In December 2023, Hegazy said that the budget for the new academic year 2023/2024 amounts to EGP 160 billion, indicating the state's commitment to education among its top priorities.

Egypt needs 20,000 classrooms to accommodate the increasing number of students enrolled in the education system each year, he added.

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