CAIRO, 14 February 2021 – The mid-year schooling vacation in Egypt has been extended for one more week as the north African country takes new measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The resumption date, initially scheduled for 20 February, has been extended to February 27.
The extension was announced Saturday at the behest of the country’s higher committee tasked with managing the coronavirus pandemic.
Egypt’s Minister of Education Tarek Shawki and the country’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Khaled Abdel-Ghaffar will announce details on how the first semester examinations will be carried out, alongside the resumption of studies in the second semester.
The two ministries ordered all schools and universities in December to switch back to online learning as of January 2 as COVID-19 cases surged.
Tarek Shawki has denied claims that exams would be cancelled and replaced with research reports, and he insists exams would not be postponed until next May.
Fears are growing that Egypt may be hit by a third wave of COVID-19 infections next March, news reports have said, citing Ashraf Hatem, a member of the Supreme Committee for Respiratory Viruses.
Egypt has recorded 173,002 cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday, February 14, with 9,935 fatalities and 135,000 full recoveries since the virus was first detected in the country in February 2020.
Egypt allowed the resumption of international flights last July.
All passengers must show proof of a negative test taken prior to departure (other than to three specified coastal resorts), as well as valid health insurance.