Spring semester to start on schedule in North Sinai schools: official
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CAIRO: The second term of 2014-15 academic year is expected to start on schedule in schools of the restive North Sinai governorate, the education directorate in North Sinai announced Thursday.

“The second term in the schools of North Sinai, including those in Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed, will start as scheduled and the news about extending the mid-year vacation is nothing but rumors,” head of North Sinai education directorate Hassan Hegazy stated, Youm7 reported.

Several media outlets and social media websites have reported the two-week mid-year vacation of the school year in North Sinai’s cities of Rafah and Sheikh Zuwayed had been indefinitely postponed in the wake of the deadly attacks on Jan. 29.

The Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis militant jihadi group claimed responsibility for the attack that claimed lives of more than 40 security personnel and civilians.

Hegazy said schools that were damaged by the attack are being renovated and will be ready by the beginning of the second term.

Public schools across Egypt are scheduled to open Feb. 7 for the second term.

In 2013, the school year in North Sinai was delayed for four weeks against the background of deteriorating security conditions in the peninsula and ongoing security operations.

Violence in North Sinai has been on the rise after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi July 3.

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