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Egypt imposes new fees on private university students

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Egypt has ordered private universities and higher education institutes to collect ten Egyptian pounds from all students, local media reported yesterday.

According to a decree issued by the Egyptian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, the fee will be placed in a state-initiated fund to provide “the needed care to the families of martyrs, wounded people and missing security personnel in anti-terrorist operations.”

“The fee collection will start during the academic year 2019-20,” the decree read.

Egypt’s private universities and higher education institutions would be obliged to collect the “contributions” on an annual basis from their newly-enrolled students. “Once the fee is collected, the money must immediately be transferred to the fund,” the ministry pointed out.

In recent days, the Egyptian parliament has approved a bill to impose additional fees on driving licenses, permits, documents, certificates and official documents issued by the country’s interior ministry for a “Police Fund”.

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