CAIRO: Dozens of teachers protested outside the Education Ministry Sunday to demand vacancies near their hometowns, Youm7 reported.
The Education Ministry set tests to choose among thousands of applicants to assume offered vacancies for teachers nationwide. However, some 14,000 teachers were appointed in school far from their home governorates, according to Youm7.
The teachers complain that they cannot move with their families near their designated schools, and that travelling to another city everyday would consume their energy before starting the school day.
Education Minister al-Helaly al-Sherbiny told Youm7 earlier in November that the competition noted that vacancies would be nationwide and in schools with a shortfall of teachers.
Female teachers who were appointed in rural areas complain about sexual harassment and being forced to wear niqab, a face veil, to avoid attention from men, Youm7 reported.
In October, an English teacher, 29, was raped by the driver of a micro bus and another man in Alexandria. After winning a vacancy from among the 30,000, she was appointed in the Mediterranean city; hence she moved from her hometown in Kafr el-Sheikh.
She had taken the micro bus to reach her home, but the two men, 25 and 20, drove the vehicle to a quiet area and assaulted her. The assailants were later detained.
Parents and teachers protested the crime outside the branch of the Education Ministry in Alexandria, which promised to provide a hostel and transportation for female out-of-town teachers.