CAIRO: Minister of Education Moheb el-Refaie announced that the annual cost of printing students’ books is estimated at 1.2 billion EGP ($164m), Youm 7 reported Saturday.
“We are thinking of using CDs instead as the expense of the books priniting became a burden over our budget,” he said in press statements.
Education Budget for the fiscal year 2014/2015 is more than 87 billion EGP. However, officials say that 90 percent of it is dedicated for wages.
The Egyptian constitution obliges the government to spend four percent of the budget on education.
“We hope that we can fight illiteracy in the coming four years, and we are building up our strategy upon this target,” he said.
Official records state the 28 percent of Egypt’s 90 million-population are illiterate; as one third of them are from women.
According to the Egyptian Authority for Educating Adults, Greater Cairo, comprising of Cairo, Giza and Qalyubia governorates, has an illiteracy rate of 15.9 percent as of July 2014.
Asyut, an Upper Egyptian governorate, suffers the highest rate of illiteracy at 30.2 percent, whereas the Red Sea governorate has the lowest rate, at 6.8 percent.