Egypt's Education minister Tarek Shawki (Ahram)
Egypt's education ministry has decided to postpone the exams of students who are studying the national curricula abroad in those countries that have shut down schools in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Many countries around the world have decided to temporarily shutter schools and universities as a precautionary measure against the flu-like virus.
Minister Tarek Shawky said on Friday that the postponement will remain in force until each state ends its suspension of school.
The minister also decided to hold on schedule the exams of those Egyptian students who live in countries where schools are still open.
Their exams are scheduled to start on 3 April, according to the ministry.
Many Egyptians expats had called for a delay in the exams or for holding them online, on the back of the suspension of travel to and from some countries to limit the virus.
Earlier this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the new coronavirus a pandemic.