Education minister denies halting anti-flu measures

Education Minister Ahmed Zaki Badr slammed Al-Masry Al-Youm yesterday in statements to the state-run Middle East News Agency.

Badr denied that the ministry will drop measures adopted at schools to counter the spread of H1N1 by the end of the mid-term vacation, as published on Al-Masry Al-Youm’s front page on Friday.

Badr said that what the newspaper published was "completely untrue," and claimed that he did not meet with any Al-Masry Al-Youm journalists and would not deliver such statements. He added that such decisions are up to the Ministry of Health. Anti-flu measures are still in place until at least 18 March, Badr said.

The minister limited his accusations to Al-Masry Al-Youm, although other papers like Al-Ahram, Al-Akhbar and Youm7 published similar reports. They quoted the minister as saying that those measures will be canceled by the middle of March, and the two-shift class system and the three-days-per-week plan will also be canceled.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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