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Pupil dies at a school in Qalioubiya, the forth death of a schoolchild since the beginning of term

Ahram Online, Thursday 30 Oct 2014
Egypt School
Students line up and raise their hands on the first day of their new school year at a government school in Giza, south of Cairo, 22 September 2013.(Photo: Reuters)

A pupil has died after a water fountain fell on him at a school in Qalioubiya, the latest in a series of fatalities at schools in Egypt.

A local education ministry official in the Nile Delta town said an investigation would be opened into the tragedy, which took place earlier this week, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The head of the school's security and another education official have been suspended and will be investigated over a delay in reporting the incident to the ministry.

It is the fourth death on school premises in Egypt this month.

A pupil was killed and another injured when they were hit by a vehicle delivering food supplies to a primary school in Atfieh, Giza.

A seven-year-old was killed in the town of Negila in Marsa Matrouh governorate when the school gate fell on him.

In Cairo's Matariya district, a student was killed when a classroom window fell on him and broke his neck.

Complaints that Egyptian public schools have long been deteriorating and lacking basic safety features have become abundant.

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