By Libya Herald staff.
Cairo, 11 November 2014:
The closure of the four Libyan 17 February Schools of the Martyrs last Thursday . . .[restrict]has not only affected over the 1,900 Libyan pupils and their families, but has also put some 250 Egyptians out of work.
“Ninety percent of the faculty and staff employed at our four locations are Egyptian. That’s around 250 people,” Khaled Shakran, Head of School at the Cairo-Madinat Nasr campus told the Libya Herald.
According to Shakran, the school’s administration is hopeful that it will be able to work out a solution with the government.
“We filed a report with the Egyptian Ministry of Education on Saturday and are waiting for their response. Our two governments have an existing educational agreement and we are confident that we will be able to work something out,” said Shakran.
When asked if he thought that the schools would be able to reopen soon, the Head of School was optimistic.
“We are all keeping our fingers crossed that we will be able to receive students again on Saturday. If not, our students will have nowhere else to go and hundreds of staff will be unemployed,” Shakran explained.
The 17 February Schools of the Martyrs, established in Egypt nine years ago, is privately-owned by a group of Libyan investors who are reportedly passionate about the education of Libyan youth. The majority of the students receives stipends from the Libyan government to cover the cost of the tuition. [/restrict]