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Monday, 25 November 2019

Your top 5 education stories for the past week

Your top education news stories in Egypt during a very slow news week for education:

  • The Education Ministry will consider raising its 20% cap on foreign ownership of schools on a case-by-case basis but will not reverse its decision under pressure from investors, Education Minister Tarek Shawki said on the sidelines of the Africa Investment Forum.
  • Also from the forum: The Chinese government will provide USD 42 mn in grants for education, healthcare, and human resource development.
  • Concerns over Syrian schools: The emergence of schools catering to Egypt’s Syrian refugee community, but operating outside the framework of the Education Ministry, is raising questions about national security, the Arab Weekly reports.
  • More education aid is coming from Germany, after both countries agreed to move ahead with some EUR 145.9 mn in projects including technical education. President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and German Economic Cooperation and Development Minister Gerd Müller discussed how Egypt could benefit from Germany’s education system.
  • The government signed a memorandum of intent with Kent State University which would see the university cooperate on research with a number of Egyptian universities, El Watan reports.
  • The Egyptian Center For Economic Studies published its four-point roadmap to reform the Egyptian education system last Wednesday. The report identifies inefficiencies and makes recommendations on reforming education at the institutional, geographic, classroom, and economic requirements level. You can read a powerpoint presentation of the report here (pdf).

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