Monday, June 28, 2010

Teachers demand minister's resignation over death of exam proctors

This is What Egypt is Like Under the Pharaoh

Contributed by Fatima

"CAIRO: Teachers protested Monday in front of the Ministry of Education building against the death of six exam proctors due to "difficult" working conditions, demanding the resignation of the minister.

The sixth death was reported Monday of a 45-year-old proctor in Qalyobia governorate while supervising a thanawyia amma (Egyptian national secondary school certificate) exam at Hassan Abu Bakr School in Al Qanater Al Khairya. It was the first death case outside Upper Egypt.

"The minister doubled [teachers’] work hours despite the extreme weather during a month that has the longest day-time in the whole year," Abdel Hafez Tayel, member of the Founding Committee of the Independent Teachers Syndicate, told Daily News Egypt.

Requests by teachers to be relieved of exam supervising duties for medical reasons were not accepted by the minister, Tayel claimed.

Medical aid available to teachers was also questioned. Ahmed Mohamed Akef, 40, was reportedly left for five hours without receiving any medical help inside the examination hall until he passed away....."

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