Students attend a class on the first day of their new school year at a government school in Giza, south of Cairo September 22, 2013 (Reuters)
Egypt's official statistics agency says the bulk of Egyptians' spending on education goes to private tutoring, according to data published Tuesday.
In its latest published findings on annual income and spending, the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS) said almost 40 percent of Egyptians' annual spending on education is directed to private tutoring.
The figure presented by the agency is 7.5 percent higher than that of school fees and expenses, which account for 31.9 percent of annual education spending, CAPMAS said.
Private tutorials are deemed a must in Egypt as they offset perceived low-quality public education.
Egyptian families in urban areas whose members include students spend an average of around EGP 5500 ($620) on education a year -- 11 percent of their income, while families in rural areas spend around EGP 2333 ($263) yearly —6.7 percent of their earnings.