[EGYPT] Much is at stake: If schools continue to churn out mediocre graduates, the high youth unemployment will most likely worsen. An improved education system, on the other hand, holds out the promise of producing citizens who can build a prosperous democracy at the heart of the Arab world.
“We’re sure that this is an important period in Egypt’s history,” says Mohammed Srogy, a new public relations adviser at the Ministry of Education. “We believe that education is the gateway for the renaissance of Egypt.”
I believe the school environment was the main reason I dropped out. Mainly, I didn’t feel that I was learning anything. Teachers preferred using force and intimidation instead of listening to the students. I wasn’t able to understand a thing during class, and was constantly so scared.
CAIRO - Fatema Salah said her students had never sung the Egyptian national anthem quite the way they did Sunday, the first day back to school for most Cairo pupils. Before, they shuffled through the morning ritual, heads down and sleepy. This time, standing in the school’s shady courtyard for the first time since the revolution, they belted it out.
“For decades now, the student’s way to success has been memorising material that will ensure passing the exam. No thinking is required, just commitment to a set of rules,” said Refaat Ibrahim, a high school teacher in Alexandria.
“Suddenly, these students must think creatively. Of course they will fail.”