Schoolboy crushed to death by water fountain in Nile Delta

Ahram Online, Thursday 30 Oct 2014

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

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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