CAIRO: Two major generals and several university professors are to replace 15 Muslim Brotherhood leaders as staff in the Ministry of Education, according to a statement made by Minister of Education Mahmoud Abou el-Nasr during an interview with Youm7.
Nasr asked Brotherhood leaders in the Ministry of Education to resign, he said during the interview. Nasr denied the militarization of the Ministry of Education.
The two military officers appointed are Majid el-Menadeely and Nabil Amir.
Nasr said the ministry intends to look into streamlining the Egyptian curriculum abroad to match the national curriculum. Currently, students studying the Egyptian curriculum abroad have one final exam at the end of the school year, while students inside Egypt have two semesters, which is easier to study. Nasr also added that he asked Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy to appoint a representative for the Ministry of Education in every embassy.
Overcrowded schools are a major issue in Egypt, according to Nasr. Every school has about 58 students per class, which affects the quality of education. He assured that the issue of overcrowding should be resolved by next year, as the United Arab Emirates is financially supporting the building of 100 schools. A further 50 schools will be built with the donations collected by the Egyptian actor Mohamed Sobhi, and another 1,000 schools will be established thanks to contributions from businessmen and investors.
Translated from Youm7