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Egyptian student deaths stir parents' fears

The death toll among students in Egyptian schools has been rising because of negligence and deterioration of school maintenance.
Students attend at a class on the first day of their new school year at a government school in Giza, south of Cairo September 22, 2013. Students resumed their studies at the beginning of the new academic year this weekend amid parental concerns of a possible lack of security after the summer vacation ends. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS EDUCATION) - RTX13UIW

CAIRO — Two months have passed since the academic year began on Sept. 20, which has not been peaceful so far as a number of students have been killed in incidents that took place at their schools, due to "negligence and the deterioration of school maintenance," according to parents interviewed by Al-Monitor.

On Oct. 13, Youssef Mohamed, a primary school student, died after a dilapidated class window at Ammar ibn Yasir public school in the rural El-Matareya district in Cairo fell down onto him, cutting his throat.

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