CAIRO: A teacher was told off for smoking inside his class, a contractor closed a school to pupils, and a governor was stopped by angry students and parents Monday; those are some of the unusual incidents that occurred on the first day of school nationwide.
In Upper Egypt, Luxor Governor Mohamed Badr ordered the punishment of a student after he saw him smoking a cigarette inside the class, and in Asyut, the contractor who was responsible for renovation works of Ezbet Sorour School locked all its classes and other rooms, leaving students and staff in the playground outside the school, according to Youm7.
The school principal had refused to sign that the contractor has accomplished the required renovation properly performed his job. The contract, then, locked the school without former notice in retaliation, leading to chaos on the first day.
In Qalyubia, north of Cairo, a number of angry female secondary students and some parents intercepted the convoy of Minister of Education al-Helaly al-Sherbiny. He is seen getting out of his car and nodding repeatedly to a student speaking passionately.
The group of students was voicing their opposition to the “high grades” required to enter universities and institutes after high school, Youm7 reported.
In Egypt’s capital, a parent of a primary school pupil spoke to Cairo Governor Galal al-Saeed while he was visiting a school in Cairo, complaining that the curriculum is “difficult.” But Saeed told her that educational curricula fall within the jurisdiction of the Education Ministry, reported Youm7.
Also in the capital, a number of boys in their school uniform were seen skipping school at the Nile Corniche, taking selfies and walking in the water.