CAIRO: Minister of Education Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr said as a minister, he is responsible for all accidents that happen to students, including a massive school bus accident in Beheira governorate Wednesday in which 18 students were burned alive, Al-Arabiya reported.
Abou el-Nasr added in a statement he had considered resigning from his post over a string of recent high profile student deaths in addition to the Beheira tragedy, but “a soldier never runs from the battle,” he said.
The Beheira deaths occurred after a school bus crashed into an oil tanker truck Wednesday morning.
The truck stopped suddenly, causing the bus and three cars behind it to crash, and the bus caught on fire. The bus from Orman High School was traveling from Beheira in the Nile Delta to Alexandria on the Mediterranean where Orman is located, according to Youm7.
The truck driver was arrested Thursday, and confessed he was driving too fast. He said when the crash happened he heard the students screaming for help, but was afraid of being beaten by local residents, so he fled the scene, Al-Ahram reported.
Attorney General Hisham Barakat Friday ordered the driver jailed for four days pending investigations and medical tests to determine if he is a drug user, and if he was driving while intoxicated at the time of the collision, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.