39,000 Syrians enrolled in Egyptian schools at subsidized cost
This June 18, 2013 photo released by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) shows special envoy Angelina Jolie taking notes as she speaks with Syrian refugees in the Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, near the border with Syria (AP photo)
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CAIRO: Some 39,314 Syrian students are registered at government schools at the same subsidized expense of their Egyptian counterparts, according to an approximate estimation by the Ministry of Education, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The registered Syrian students cost Egypt, which receives aid for that purpose from U.N. organizations, 166.9 million EGP (U.S. $22m), the ministry’s Director of International Students Department Enas Ragab told Youm7 at a conference held by Arab labor ministers in Sharm el-Sehikh Thursday.

Libyan students are also allowed to enroll in public schools without paying the expenses of foreign students, Ragab said, adding that there are six Libyan schools in different governorates in Egypt that teach the Libyan curricula.

Both Syria and Libya have been suffering ongoing armed conflicts since 2011, forcing thousands to flee their homes to other countries.

Public schools in Egypt, however, often have cramped classes, with over 60 students per class in some places. Some Syrian children enroll in private schools if their families can afford it.

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