CAIRO: The school year began on Saturday amid tight security measures, with joint coordination between the Ministry of Interior and education directorates to secure Coptic schools in Cairo and other governorates, according to Youm7.
Head of the General Directorate of Security in the Ministry of Education, Ahmed Khedr, told Youm7 that security forces were “intensively” deployed in the provinces where study began.
The Ministry of Education announced in a press release on Saturday the commencement of the academic year in 12 governorates while it postponed the start of study in the Giza town of Kerdasa and in North Sinai.
Khedr said study began Saturday in 12 out of 27 governorates; Dakahlia, Ismailia, Fayoum, Minya, Beni Suef, Asyut, Sohag, Beheira, Kafr el-Sheikh, Aswan, Luxor and Qena.
Representatives of the Ministry of Interior, including explosives experts and others from public security, police investigations, traffic police and civil protection, were present in the control room of the Ministry of Education, Khedr told Youm7.
The control room connects all heads of educational directorates via video conferencing to monitor the situation in schools, Khedr added.
The control room received an alert on Saturday from the Directorate of Education in Upper Egypt’s Sohag governorate, stating that three assailants on a motorcycle harassed female students at a secondary school, Kheder said to Youm7.
Armed clashes occurred when school security intervened, which led to the death of security officer Ahmed Abdel Salah Abdel Rahim. Police identified a suspect who has a previous criminal record.
Head of the Directorate of Education in Cairo El-Sayed Sweilem said that a number of security protocols were in place to secure Coptic schools in the capital in conjunction with the start of evangelical schools.
The head of the Giza Directorate of Education Ali El-Alfy told Youm7 that he coordinated with the Cairo Security Directorate to secure schools in Giza and deployed private security personnel to supplement the effort.