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Thursday, 20 September 2018

Politics and education top coverage on the airwaves last night

It was a boring night on the airwaves, with much brain-melting ensuing. The economy was largely ignored in favor of (very little) political news.

Elsewedy says goodbye to Support Egypt: House of Representatives Social Solidarity Committee chair Abdel Hady El Kassaby has taken over leadership of the Support Egypt Coalition, making it the topic of choice over on Masaa DMC, which interviewed outgoing leader Mohamed Elsewedy. He reiterated his previous statement that he was not seeking another term as head of the largest political bloc in parliament to ensure fresh leadership. Elsewedy noted that he would stand with El Kassaby, who apparently ran unopposed despite rumors circulating that multiple MPs were going after the bloc’s top job. Elsewedy also said that he was looking to focus more on his role as the head of the Federation of Egyptian Industries (watch, runtime: 11:16).

The Education Ministry unveiled a new vocational secondary education program yesterday. The program would see the ministry offering vocational training programs at secondary schools that provide more hands on training at private sector factories, thereby increasing their chances of employment, Education Ministry adviser Habiba Ezz told Yahduth Masr. She touted the program’s benefits as a labor recruiting tool for the private sector (watch, runtime: 03:15).

Elsewedy, Talaat Moustafa Group and Al Araby Group are in talks with the Education Ministry to establish 65 vocational secondary schools across the country, Education Minister Tarek Shawki said yesterday, Al Mal reports. Al Araby has already invested EGP 30 mn in the project, with additional support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Education Ministry.

We love vocational training. Hats off to GB Auto and El Sewedy Electric, both of which have led by example on this front.

Also on education, Al Hayah fi Masr discussed the newly opened Japanese-curriculum schools (watch, runtime: 3:08).

Another day, another tirade against our defunct railway system: Al Hayah Al Youm’s Kamal Mady interviewed National Railway Authority head Ashraf Raslan about the Shebeen El Kom derailment last week. Raslan promised that people would start seeing the impact of the railway upgrade plan in two years (watch, runtime: 30:18).

LAMEES WATCH- The plot thickens, as not only is Lamees Al Hadidy still missing, but so is her show, Hona Al Asema. No episode aired last night.

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