Egypt high schoolers march to demand education ministry's overhaul

Ahram Online , Thursday 30 May 2013

High school students march to Egypt's education ministry to demand better education, head of secondary education's dismissal, and end to ban on political activity at schools

Cairo school students staged a march on Thursday to protest what they said were restrictions on political activity at Egyptian schools, the deteriorating quality of education and rising school-related expenses.

Student protesters raised banners listing their demands outside education ministry headquarters in downtown Cairo, state news agency MENA reported.

The rally was initially called for by students affiliated with Egypt's Revolutionary Socialists movement, Socialist Popular Alliance Party, 6 April Youth Movement and liberal Constitution Party.

Demands enumerated by student protesters included the dismissal of the ministry's director for secondary education Reda Mosaad, restructuring the ministry with a view to improving the quality of public education while keeping it free to the public, and the lifting of bans on political activity at schools.

Additional demands included the replacement of Egypt's national student charter with one written by students, the release of all political detainees, and the formation of a student council tasked with taking recommendations for the advancement of education.

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