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Sunday,17 December, 2017
Issue 1269, (5 - 11 November 2015)

Ahram Weekly


Compiled by Doaa El-Bey

Al-Ahram Weekly

Al-Hilali Al-Sherbini: Tough job

Less than two months after his appointment, Egypt was ranked in the last position but one in a World Forum report assessing the quality of education worldwide – an indication of the difficult job awaiting the newly appointed Minister of Education Al-Hilali Al-Sherbini. In the past few weeks, both teachers and students have demonstrated against Al-Sheribini’s predecessor Moheb Al-Rafei, with demands including higher wages for teachers.

The introduction a new attendance system that allocates secondary school grades to attendance and behaviour is one of the first tests he was subjected to. The system requires students to sign into an electronic attendance system and is designed to improve attendance rates in school, particularly during thanaweya ‘amma, the last year of secondary school.

However, faced with heavy opposition, the minister was forced to withdraw that system, saying in a press conference this week that it would be applied as of next year together with other measures that aim to reform the education system. In the same conference, he promised other reform measures for the next three years, including a lower number of students per class, teacher training and examination security.

Al-Sherbini, 58, was appointed as part of the Sherif Ismail government in September. He had been the deputy president of Al-Mansoura University. He holds a PhD in planning and managing education, and was dean of the university’s Faculty of Special Education for six years. He then spent four years as a cultural consul to the Egyptian Embassy in Libya in 2010.

“All predictions for the parliament were that it would be fragmented and difficult to control. However, the results of the first round proved these predictions wrong. They clearly show that it will be an obedient and tame parliament that, despite having power, will not present any threat to the president. This can be attributed to the low turnout, which has weakened the members before the executive authority.”
Ashraf Abdel-Ghani, Al-Watan

A professional slip-up
“The statement issued by Al-Nahar channel to apologise for airing compromising pictures of a girl who was sexually harassed at a mall, together with the suspension of the programme till the end of investigations and the statement that the channel respects every girl and women in Egypt, is a good way to avoid more repercussions of the crisis and should be praised. However, it also makes the officials responsible for the media answerable to their duty to issue a media code of ethics. Remember that  the fourth target of 3 July Road Map was just such a code.”
Adel Al-Sanhouri, Al-Youm Al-Sabei

“Although what [the TV host] Riham Said did in her programme with the girl of the mall is a clear professional slip that deserves punishment, the campaign she has been subjected to goes beyond that slip by far. That matter requires wide internal investigations to name all the perpetrators rather than heaping all the blame on the programme host and leaving the editors and script writers who are behind most of the catastrophes that happen in the media unpunished.”
Ashraf Abul-Hol, Al-Ahram

Russian wisdom
“A deep wave of sadness overwhelmed Egyptians after they heard about the crash of the Soviet Airbus that took the life of 224 passengers on Saturday. That can be ascribed to the special relations that bind the two peoples. Meanwhile, one should hail the Russian stand that understood the circumstances and nature of the accident and refused to listen to those who tried to link it to terrorism in Sinai.”
Mohamed Barakat,

Last position but one?
“Egypt occupied the position before last in 140 states in a report issued by the World Forum about the quality of education in 2015. Looking at the criteria according to which the forum judges, we deserve that position. Those criteria include the rate of parallel education – private lessons in our case, the rate of truancy, the level of illiteracy among those who receive basic education and the efficiency of graduates in the local and international labour market.”
Khaled Al-Asmaai, Al-Ahram


“In 24 hours, 18,000 people joined the campaign targeting the advertisers of this woman’s TV show, over a million people tweeted the hashtag #ýdie_Riham_Said. 15 major brand advertisers pulled out, the TV channel cancelled the show. A small but significant victory. The young people who made the Egyptian revolution are alive and well! (An aside: I used to glimpse this woman occasionally on TV, but never knew her name expect these last few days. I used to call her: The white cockroach.”
Hani Shukrallah

“When a Russian airliner carrying 200 passengers crashed over Sinai, without any responsibility on the part of Egypt, the cabinet and presidency exerted every effort to follow the situation on the site. But when 300 citizens drowned in the Al-Warak vessel – and negligence on the part of the government was clear – officials hardly took any measures. Another sign that the rulers despise Egyptian citizens.”
Nader Fergany


Carl Bildt Verified account @carlbildt
Aircraft crash in Sinai is a deep tragedy for both Russia and Egypt. Human in first case and economic in second.

Conflict News @Conflicts
EGYPT: Airline official rejects technical fault as the cause of airplane crash in Egypt’s #Sinai on sunday.

BBC Breaking News @BBCBreaking
IS militants claim that they downed Russian plane in Sinai “can’t be considered true” - Russian Transport minister.

Primum non nocere @Hragy  
The BBC is very quick to try invent a rumour of militant involvement, typical, and sad.

The Telegraph Verified account @Telegraph
Sinai plane crash: the flight suffered a ‘technical fault’ shortly after take-off.

Egyptian Essence: 2,872 candidates
“2872 candidates started their campaigns for the second round of the parliamentary elections on Monday. They will compete for 222 seats in 13 governorates that have 27,503,913 voters.”

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