CAIRO: Clashes erupted between protesting high school students and security forces in front of the Ministry of Education Tuesday afternoon.
According to Youm7, police forces used tear gas on students to disperse them after some of the protesters threw rocks at them. In a video broadcast by Al-Badil news website, students were seen throwing stones while security forces were trying to protect themselves using shields.
The April 6 Youth Movement reported on Twitter that students were being arrested.
Dozens of students organized a protest in front of the ministry demanding reform in the educational system, Sky News Misr reported.
Students there voiced objections to teaching methods, which depend highly on extracurricular tutoring instead of useful classes and teachers, Sky News added.
Students are currently taking their final exams before graduation, which started on June 7 and are expected to end on July 2. During the past months, an alarming rate of cheating and exam-question leaking has been reported by authorities.
Copies of exams have circulated on social media networks, in addition to cheating cases during exams and collective cheating situations usually allowed by supervising teachers.
Students in Alexandria also demonstrated—in front of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina— demanding Minister of Education Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr resign and accusing him of not being “up to the task in one of the most important ministries in the country,” Al-Dostor reported.
Several students had called for protests on a Facebook page under the title “High School Revolution July 1.” The page called for an end to education system corruption, investigations into leaked exams, differentiating between students who study and those who cheat and reforms in curriculum and exams for a better education.
Abou el-Nasr is set to meet and negotiate with students, after stating that indeed, there must be “radical change” in the educational system, Youm7 reported.
Additional reporting by Mahmoud Taha.