The initiative


The Ministry of Education and Technical Education does its best to provide the best educational system for all Egyptian citizens. As a result, it is a must for the ministry to identify the most critical problems and obstacles that may hinder their strategy. The most urgent problems that currently endanger the quality of the educational process are:

  • The high density of the classrooms, where the density of a single classroom may reach up to 120 students in some areas.

  • Some schools have two school sessions a day, which weakens the quality and the efficiency of the educational outcome.

  • There are several places which lack a school building for their students.

  • The birth rates exceed the absorptive capacity of school buildings which currently exist on the map of the Ministry of Education and Technical Education. This negatively affects the right of the Egyptian child to get an quality education by the state.

In light of the aforementioned summary concerning the educational crises in Egypt, specialized committees have investigated some suggested solutions and their investigations have led to the following conclusions:

  • The Egyptian government greatly cares for education due to its solid conviction that education is the magic key for the progress and prosperity of the nation. As a result, the government has carried out a set of procedures to solve the bulk of its educational problem as follows:

  • The government duplicated the budget of the Educational Building Authority this year 2016/2017 for building new schools and for the maintenance of older school buildings.

  • The Ministry of Education and Technical Education has made a record of all the unused spaces found at schools, especially at the National Institutes. These have been approximated to up to 150 spaces and they will be utilized as school classrooms.

  • A record was made of all the available pieces of free land inside the National Institutes. And a study was conducted to investigate the ability to provide more buildings in a way that does not affect the ongoing activities. These new buildings will be built using the available budget of such institutes.

  • Employing the resources of the Educational Projects Fund to build new schools. Supplementing the resources of the Ministry by employing creative methods to enhance Ministry revenue, which can in turn be used to build new schools.

 

The Ministry firmly believes that education is a communal interest, and that it is necessary for non-governmental associations, authorities, investors and the civic sectors to participate in solving the problem of education. As such, the Ministry has strived to gather all these associations together in an effort to obtain their cooperation in confronting this societal problem.

The partnership of the civic sector to solve the problem is included in a mechanism that ensures the benefit and right of the Egyptian child to get unique educational services. The idea of the partnership between the civic (investment) sector and the Ministry of Education and Technical Education has been crystallized via an extensive study of the topic.

The study has revealed that the obstacles, which encounter the civic sector the most are those related to the lack of free land and the difficulty in getting the necessary licenses for a school building. As a result, the Ministry has approved several procedures in order to encourage the civic sector to contribute in solving the problem. These procedures include providing some pieces of land inside the cities to be ready for building. These pieces of land are given to the investors according to the provisions of the usufruct law, wherein a private school is to be built on such a piece.

The initiative is to be implemented and framed as follows:

Ministry obligations:

  • Providing land that is suitable for building.

  • Providing the construction designs which comply with the areas of land and the number of the classrooms that will be built.

  • Facilitating the procedures required for acquiring licenses to build and open the schools in a period of 2 to 3 months from the date of signing the contract.

  • The educational building authority is to build for the benefit of the investor (If they so wish) or provide all the necessary engineering consultations and follow up on the constructing and building activities

Investor’s obligations

  • They are obliged to build the land without delay.

  • They must abide by the financial regulations stated within the contract and they are not permitted to increase the tuition fees without prior permission from the Ministry of Education.

  • They are obligated to supply the best possible educational quality at schools.