Egypt’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar, said on Sunday that classes for university students will resume on February 27. The announcement comes as Egypt’s education ministries revealed their plans to transition back to in-person learning after a second hiatus that began in late December in response to a surge in coronavirus cases. During a phone interview with “Hadith al-Qahira” (Cairo Talk) show on the “al-Qahira wal Nas” (Cairo and the People) channel on Sunday, Abdel-Ghaffar stated that his ministry cannot rely on research reports and online exams. Colleges of theoretical subjects will hold their exams online, whereas technical college exams will have in-person exams, he said. Abdel-Ghaffar explained that the ministry cannot graduate a student unless he or she passes the required programs and courses, and some of these require hands-on training. Universities have been adopting a hybrid education system since the beginning of the academic year, he said. Public schools are scheduled to begin in-person teaching on March 10, and...read more...