CAIRO: Minister of Immigration Nabila Makram announced that Egyptian students who were arrested in Sudan over allegedly leaking high school exams will be released Tuesday, Youm7 reported.
Makram went to Khartoum last month to follow updates of the arrest, and negotiate their release with Sudanese authorities.
In press statements quoted by Youm7, Makram said that the students were ordered releases without criminal charges.
According to Youm7, the Sudanese authorities imposed an educational punishment by depriving them from this year’s exams.
A total of 32 Egyptians, including 26 students and some parents, were arrested in late March, accused of cheating and leaking exam results.
On March 28, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zaid told The Cairo Post that the arrest of the Egyptians followed the detention of students from other nationalities, who were accused of buying the exams.
After news their children were arrested, some relatives reported that they were unable to contact the students or even know their whereabouts for at least a week.
Previously speaking to The Cairo Post, Mohamed Helmy, the uncle of one of the detained students, said that his nephew was taken from outside the school, while some others were taken from homes; he denied the accusations as “illogical.”
At least 22 of the detained students come from Kafr el-Sheikh governorate. Over the past years, hundreds of students, originally from the governorate, have sought to obtain their high school degree from Sudan, due to a popular belief they could get higher scores that would enable them to enroll at top faculties.
However, the practice has been identified by the Ministry of Higher Education, which promised to control this violation after discovering that many of those with Sudanese high school degrees applying for university had already received a degree from Egypt.
Additional reporting by Nourhan Magdi