Egypt prosecution releases twin high school students arrested for exam protests

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Jul 2016

The two students were detained on Thursday after protests against the education ministry

Egyptian students
Hundreds of Egyptian students chant slogans during a protest against the cancellation of high school exams, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (AP)

Two twin high school (Thanaweya Amma) students arrested this week after student-led protests were released by prosecutors early Friday morning on a EGP 500 bail.

The boys were accused of illegally protesting and damaging public property during protests in front of the education ministry building.

Tens of high school students had protested outside the ministry against a decision to repeat the dynamic mathematics exam and postpone others, calling also for the removal of education minister El-Helali El-Sherbini.

Their lawyers called for their release to 'protect their future,' explaining they are to sit for examinations on Saturday and Monday.

The students are in their final year of high school, one in the Science section and the other in Scientific Maths, according to daily Al-Shorouk.

The twins charge that the officers at the police station of assault that left one with head injuries and the other with an injury to his eye, Al-Shorouk reported.

Security forces arrested a number of students across the country who were protesting the ministry's decision to repeat the dynamic mathematics exam and to postpone other exams amidst a nationwide scandal that resulted from the leaking of a number of Thanaweya Amma exams.

The government says it has implemented measures to shield remaining exams from leaks.

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