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Egypt removes mention of 2011 uprising from school curriculum

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi clash with Egyptian security forces in Cario, Egypt on 16 August 2013 [Ahmed Asad]

Egypt has removed mention of the events of 25 January 2011 revolution and the military coup of 30 June 2013 from the history curriculums for the secondary school stage, Ahram Online reported today, quoting an official source.

Reda Hegazy, the general director of high school exams and head of the high education sector at the ministry, said that the secondary history class curriculum does not include mention to the 2011 revolution and the 2013 military coup.’

“The new curriculum follows international standards,” Hegazy pointed out.

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Egyptian secondary education is the most crucial educational stage for Egyptian students, as it is the “stop station” between the school education and higher education.

Controversy has arisen in recent years over whether to include the recent political events in Egypt’s school history curriculums.

Egypt’s 2011 revolution toppled the former President Hosni Mubarak. While the 2013 coup dismissed Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected civilian leader, following an Egyptian army statement on 3 July of the same year.

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