A military vehicle drives through northern Sinai. (Asmaa Waguih/Reuters)
CAIRO – 18 February 2018: “Exams will be held for students of High schools in North Sinai in the provinces near Sinai,” stated the Minister of Education, Tarek Shawki on Sunday during the inauguration of schools in Suez Governorate.
Shawki pointed out that the date of return for study will be determined in coordination with the Armed Forces, given the current conditions in the province of North Sinai.
The Minister of Education visited Suez Governorate to lay the foundations of the Japanese schools complex, inspect the educational process and inaugurate several schools in the governorate, in the presence of the Governor of Suez, Major General Ahmed Hamed and the deputies of the Parliament in the governorate.
On February 14, Sinai University postponed second semester classes for the second time due to security developments in North Sinai.
Earlier in the month, North Sinai Governor Abdel Fatah Harhour announced that study would be postponed in all North Sinai schools until further notice.
Schools in North Sinai have been suspended several times due to terrorists groups attempting to destabilize North Sinai. In October 2017, schools in Al-Arish, North Sinai were evacuated after terrorist groups targeted security posts and a national bank, causing some clashes between the armed forces and the terrorists.
On February 9, Egypt launched “Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018” in North Sinai, Central Sinai, the Nile Delta and the Western Desert along the border with Libya. The operation showed the high efficiency of the Egyptian military and police in combating terrorism threats, without causing any danger to citizens.
The operation came in response to the Rawda mosque attack near Al-Arish, which killed at least 313 and injured dozens in last November. The attack was deemed to be the deadliest in modern Egyptian history.