Last Night’s Talk Shows on 28 February 2021
The airwaves are still buzzing with discussions of the controversial amendments to the Real Estate Registry Act, which has people up in arms over what they see as more complicated procedures and too-high fees and taxes. We have more details on proposals from members of parliament to remedy the situation in Legislation Watch, above. Al Hayah Al Youm’s Lobna Assal also hosted a sit-down with former Real Estate Registry head Sami Emam, Senate spokesperson Akmal Nagaty, and Senate member Samaa Soliman (watch, runtime: 31:06).
The first day of public school exams saw some students facing technical difficulties, with the electronic system crashing intermittently. All school students who were unable to access their electronic exams were automatically given a passing grade, since these exams are pass / fail, Education Minister Tarek Shawki told Ala Mas’ouleety’s Ahmed Moussa (watch, runtime: 7:10). The system crashed because of the pressure of more than 600k students entering at the same time, state-run MENA’s education reporter Ayman Sakr told Lobna Assal (watch, runtime: 6:18).
University students had a smoother examination experience, with Higher Education Ministry spokesperson Adel Abdel Ghaffar telling Assal that the day went on without major issues (watch, runtime: 5:08). El Hekaya’s Amr Adib also took note (watch, runtime: 1:59).
Also from the airwaves last night: Kelma Akhira’s Lamees El Hadidi took note of the intelligence report that holds Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, cautioning Washington against using human rights as a pressure point when dealing with the region (watch, runtime: 8:09). We have more in Around the World, below.