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Nearly 40pct of Egyptians' education spending pays for private tutorials: CAPMAS

Private tutoring -- commonplace in Egypt -- swallows the lion's share of Egyptians' spending on education

Ahram Online , Wednesday 27 Jul 2016
Cairo
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)
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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.‎

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