CAIRO, 24 February 2021 – Egyptian teachers, parents and activists have called on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to postpone the reopening of schools, fearing a spike in COVID-19.
The campaign on Twitter is using the hashtag “President, please, students will die”.
Pointing to rising cases of infection among students, teachers and the rest of the Egyptian community, the campaigners call on President Sisi to also postpone examinations.
Activists involved with the campaign chastise Egypti’s eduction minister, Khalid Abdul-Ghaffar, for calling for resumption of in-person learning and the sitting of exams effective next February 27.
One student wrote: “We are not challenging the education minister, but we are afraid about our health”.
Another added: “President, your sons are in danger. The students will die.”
Without a change in the reopening date, some 24 million Egyptian students will return to school and sit for their exams beginning next week.
Egypt has so far confirmed 178,774 cases of COVID-19 with 10,404 deaths.