Egyptians have long lamented the state of their schools.
Often overcrowded with teachers poorly trained. Private lessons necessary for tests perhaps manipulated. Rote memorization required in subjects not fitting the needs of the nation.
The list is long. The school year is short.
But with the help of the World Bank and a minister formerly responsible for the American University in Cairo, Egypt will soon embark on an extensive reform.
Bless the intentions, God. Guide the outcomes.
More schools will be built. Teacher conditions will be improved. Curriculum will be revised. Tests will begin at an earlier age. Grading will be revamped. Comprehension will be emphasized.
Results will still determine the university future, so perhaps an educational reality will remain. 30 percent of high school students suffer depression; 20 percent contemplate suicide.
God, give the students a deeper understanding of their worth. Give them the motivation to succeed, and the means to do so.
The means require millions. The World Bank will provide some. Help Egypt find the rest.
Many say Egypt requires generational change. Let this be the one, raised properly at home and school. And, properly to fear you.
May such fear prompt duty, creativity, industriousness, and love.
But no more lamenting, God. May school success come.