Educational institutes across Egypt have begun preparing for the first semester exams and the resume of study, applying all necessary precautionary measures and disinfecting classes. Minister of Education Tarek Shawki denied claims that exams would be cancelled and replaced with research reports, nor would they be postponed until May. The Education Ministry will announce on Sunday its methods for holding middle school diploma examinations, details of the study plan, exercises for high school students and the schedule for the second semester. Minister of Higher Education Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar stressed the need for university hospitals to prepare to resume studies and to provide all medical supplies. During a video conference meeting for the Supreme Council of Universities on Thursday, the minister ordered that the capacity of isolation hospitals be increased according to epidemiological spread rates, in coordination with the Health Ministry. Abdel-Ghaffar said that following the end of the mid-year vacation on February 20, educational life will return to normal and studies in the second semester...read more...