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Egyptians petition for home schooling recognition

An increasing number of families in Egypt are choosing home schooling as an alternative educational approach and are calling on the Ministry of Education to recognize it.
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CAIRO — “The problem with the public education system in Egypt is that it does not take into account the students’ skills and interests,” Sally Osama told Al-Monitor. Osama is a mother of an 8-year-old who decided to try home schooling.

“While I was looking for a decent school for my son Mazen, I heard about home schooling but I was afraid of taking this step because I was busy at work. Eventually I found a good school for him, where he went for two years. At a certain point I was surprised by changes in his behavior. He had become lethargic and absent-minded all the time. One day I was shocked to see him draw a picture of himself dead and a knife dripping with blood. I also take courses at the faculty of kindergarten and I was surprised to learn that everything we are taught there is not in line with the schools’ education method. Eventually I decided to start home schooling.”

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