CAIRO: A total of 58 legal staff members of the Ministry of Education, recently granted the power of judicial arrest, will begin closing down private tutoring centers within days, Youm7 reported Thursday.
A resolution allowing staff of legal affairs at Education Ministry branches in all governorates to crackdown on such centers was issued by the Justice Ministry, and published Wednesday in the National Gazette.
An official source at the Education Ministry told Youm7 that there will be coordination between the ministry, local development departments and heads of municipalities in implementing the decision.
These tutoring centers are deemed by the Education Ministry as damaging to the educational system.
A total of 1,630 centers have been detected in Egypt by the ministry, some of which have been shut down, the source said.
High school students almost entirely depend on private tutoring ; hence a high absenteeism rate at their schools. Many primary and preparatory students also turn to private classes to enhance their skills or because their schools do not provide them with adequate education.
Other than private centers, where one group can reach up to 40 students, many teachers go to students’ homes to deliver lessons.