Egypt exempts 1.1m poor students from school fees for new academic year
London, Oct. 10, 2020 (AltAfrica)-About 1.1 million student from poor background in Egypt have been exempted from paying school fees in the new academic year
Minister of Social Solidarity Nevin El-Qabbaj who announced the exemption said 1.1 million students, who were from families-in-need particularly that who are not enrolled in the cash transfer social programme Takaful and Karama, would not pay school fees to ease their financial burden this academic year,
The total cost set to be borne by the ministry for this exemption comes to EGP 280 million (about $17.8 million), according to a ministry statement.
According to the minister, 2,000 laptops will also be provided to students with disabilities and 2,000 hearing amplifiers will be granted to students with hearing impairment.
El-Qabbaj also said 100 school bags will be given to students from families-in-need free of charge, in coordination with civil society organisations.
The ministry will also provide college grants to 6,309 students who achieve high grades in pre-university education and those who are part of the Takaful and Karama programme.
In September, Minister of Education Tarek Shawki announced that the ministry plans to distribute 1.8 million tablets among students and install 36,000 computer screens as well as a new fiber optic network in schools to enhance the educational experience.
Egypt has 23.5 million students in 30,000 schools with 500,000 classrooms.