CAIRO: Minister of Education Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr distributed 96 tablet devices in a school for first-grade students in Ain Shams, allocating four tablets per teacher, to develop the educational process, Youm7 reported Tuesday.
Abou el-Nasr promised that by the end of 2017, all students would have a tablet to make the educational process easier.
Abou el-Nasr said school and university academic semesters were postponed from Feb 8. To Feb. 22 upon the governors’ request to complete maintenance. The second time the semester was postponed from Feb. 22 to March 8 was based on the Cabinet’s decision due to security reasons, the minister said during his interview with Tahrir channel Monday.
Abou el-Nasr reviewed the development of the educational process relating to students, teachers, and schools.
He said the ministry prepared new curriculum for the next school year based on Singapore’s system, which is first in curriculum development, with Finland second worldwide. It will not be based on the U.S. system, which comes in 17th place worldwide.
Abou el-Nasr said there are 48,000 schools in Egypt, of which 20,000 need maintenance, and another 10,000 schools should be built to achieve a density of 50 students per classroom. He said next year there will not be a single student without a seat in a school.
He said there are some schools attributed to the Muslim Brotherhood, but they managed in the same style of administration of the Ministry of Education with the same curriculum.
He said for the next school year, all students will have a school meal, which will cost the ministry 8 billion EGP, and which will increase the attendance rate over 97 percent.
He said technical education faces a lot of problems and 2.5 million students need more experience. And so there will be 17 factories with schools to help students train and exercise for experience after they graduate.
The ministry will soon establish wood-recycling factories to recycle all broken desks and chairs, Abou el-Nasr added during the interview.
He said the Ministry of Education cooperated with the Ministry of Health to save psychologist and health visitors for the students. He said the Egyptian teachers are the “best teachers worldwide” but they need to exercise role models to do well.
The ministry has reserved 6.2 billion EGP for teacher’s salaries, but this is not enough, he said, adding that Egypt’s new constitution put education and health among its top priorities.