Minister of Education and Technical Training Tarek Shawki – Still image Youtube/MBC Masr
CAIRO - 21 March 2020: Minister of Education and Technical Education Tarek Shawky stated in a TV interview that he is negotiating with the owners of private schools about the tuition fees in light of class suspension as a protective measure against coronavirus.
On the other hand, Deputy Chairman of Private Schools Owners Association Badawy Allam negated that the due dates of Spring semester tuition fees have been postponed.
Allam told Al Shorouq newspaper that the current academic year is not over yet, and that the education process is still ongoing electronically as well as the communication between teachers and students.
Since final exams were substituted by a project/research for grades 1 to 8, and some claim they have no access to the internet and educational TV channels and hence would not be able to submit by May 15, the minister clarified that such students have to start the next academic year two weeks earlier to sit for exams and pass.
Shawky stated that the ministry had also launched an e-library in addition to the existing Egyptian Knowledge Bank (EKB) to make the curricula available in English and Arabic for all students at pre-university education. Here is the link https://study.ekb.eg.
The materials include videos, photos, and documentaries as well as 80 dictionaries and an encyclopedia.