New cumulative secondary education system to be applied 2018/19
CAIRO – September 9, 2018: The Cabinet Media Center reassured the public on Sunday that the new cumulative secondary education system will only be implemented in Japanese and Arab public schools for the 2018/2019 school year .
The cumulative secondary school system will not be stopped, only updated.
Elaborating on the new cumulative secondary education system, the Ministry of Education pointed out that the new system will be applied for the first time in the 2018/2019 school year; therefore, students will take a total of 12 exams in their three years of high school — each year they will take four exams. The ministry also noted that the cumulative result will be calculated on the basis of the average of the four exams in which the students obtained the best results.
In addition, the ministry indicated that the 700,000 educational tablets, intended to help students to study in a more innovative and original way, will be distributed during the first semester, while 50,000 tablets will be distributed in October. The ministry ensured that students would not be adversely affected by the distribution plans, assuring parents and students that they would ensure that students get the most out of the experience.
The Ministry of Education also announced that the Japanese schools have been set up and are ready to be used for this school year. The ministry also confirmed that schools are equipped to the highest standard, including activity rooms.
Schools will focus on teaching the Egyptian curriculum, while implementing some distinctive features of Japanese education, such as music, arts and group games, as well as potty and toilet education. autonomy.
School registrations have started this year, and classes will start in September with the 2018/2019 school year.
Even though they are called “Japanese schools”, students will not learn the Japanese language there. Instead, they will study the exact same curriculum as other international schools.
In addition, they teach Tukatsu to children, which is a Japanese educational activity based on developing both a sense of community and students’ responsibility towards society and school life.
In addition to this, the activity aims to achieve a balanced development between social, emotional and educational growth, as well as to develop a spirit of cooperation with others in order to cultivate balanced and integrated states of mind in students.
The fee, however, will cost more than other international schools, the Education Ministry has yet to give an exact figure, but the fee is believed to be over LE 5,000, with additional expenses for activities and the like. .
Khelloud Farouk, mother of a child with Down’s syndrome, told Egypt Today that she applied for her child at a Japanese school, noting that she still did not know whether or not the school would accept her son due to his situation. , explaining that she found a better learning opportunity in the Japanese school.
Another father, Sameh Emara, said he applied for his daughter to a Japanese school but was surprised by the sharp increase in expenses, noting that LE 10,000 is too much for the tuition fees. per year.
“Whether they study in Arabic or English, I have no problem. The Japanese school is the only opportunity for my daughter because there are no good schools near where I live, ”said a mother.
Schools will also need the cooperation of parents; they are expected to devote 20 hours of their time to school per year.
The classrooms and schools themselves are modeled after the Japanese style, with an emphasis on spacious rooms and individual desks for each student. In addition, there will be more than one board in each class, to help the teacher organize the student seats as they see fit.
This Japanese experience will be introduced with 200 new schools; 100 of them are still under construction. Admission requirements will not be too different from other international schools; they ask for a request and state that priority will be given to the older child. Unlike other international schools, there will be no exams for parents.
According to the president of the Association of Private Schools, el-Mandooh el-Hussainy, the private education system in Egypt supports the public education system as it tries to alleviate the burden and pressure of student numbers. , which is 18 million, including two million other students in private education.
Education Minister Tarek Shawki previously announced on his Facebook account that the new education system will be applied to basic education for the 2018/2019 school year in Japanese and Arab public schools only.
“In the summer of 2019, the Higher Council for Pre-University Education will evaluate the first year of the new education system [applied to Japanese and public schools] and will consult with experimental and private schools to implement this system from kindergarten through the 2020/2021 school year, ”Shawki noted.
The Egyptian Ministry of Education clarified on May 5, 2018 that according to the new system which should be applied from the next school year 2018/2019, all students will properly study the English language as a separate subject during the course. of their basic education. years.
On Friday, on its official Facebook page, the ministry said that English during the primary years will include advanced vocabulary, such as math and science idioms; however, from secondary school onwards, students will be able to study other subjects, such as science, in English instead of Arabic.
“The new curriculum has been approved by well-known experts who have claimed that students will be able to study their new English subjects through their secondary education if they have the necessary knowledge and vocabulary, as everything happens gradually during the learning new languages, ”the ministry said.
Earlier, a debate had erupted over the announcement that students, especially in experimental language schools, would not study their subjects in English as was previously the case, and that the entire curriculum will be Arabized for the years of basic education.
The move has sparked anger, especially among the middle class, who believe such a step could deepen social stratification.
“We recognize that the country has a new vision for the development of the education system; however, we do not believe that the Arabization of the Experimental Language Schools program is the right choice for its development. Frankly, we felt anger shortly after learning about the government’s new intentions for government language schools, which will become other mainstream government Arabic schools, ”said Abeer Ahmed, Founder of the Mothers Association. Egyptians for the development of education, in a statement released on May 1, 2018.