Education minister allocates LE2.3 billion for new schools

Education Minister Ibrahim Ghoneim announced Tuesday he would allocate LE2.3 billion for the construction of new education facilities following a meeting with former National Democratic Party chief Hossam Badrawy on Tuesday.
The former NDP member, who founded the Union Party, had resigned from his position as secretary general of the dissolved party a week after he was appointed by former President Hosni Mubarak. Before that Badrawi had been the party’s education specialist. 
Badrawi suggested that a technical education program with the European Union should be renewed. The program, which spans 250 vocations, provides a national framework for qualifications and grants licenses.
He also said Egypt should draw on the experience of Morocco in fighting illiteracy.
Badrawi said the National Authority for Quality Assurance and Accreditation must be modernized and follow global standards as well. He added that officials in schools must receive better training and incentives to provide quality education. 
Badrawi stepped down in protest over the excessive force police used against protesters during January 25 revolution.
Badrawi was tapped 5 February 2011 following a major NDP shuffle. 
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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