Girls at the school gate in Medinet el-Fayoum, Egypt (photo: dpa)

Islamist President Mohamed Morsi faces literacy challenge in Egypt’s move to democracy

Egypt's newly-elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi faces many challenges as he leads his country into a new era of democracy. Not least among his immediate tasks will be to address Egypt's literacy rates and the lack of jobs for its many young people where youth unemployment runs at about 24 per cent.

THE ELECTION of Egypt's Mohamed Morsi is a momentous event - an Islamist president taking office in the Arab world by democratic means.

He is likely to be able to appoint a government and represent Egypt on the world stage as its dem...

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Dr. Pauline Dixon
Problems have blighted the government education system, with money spent on excessive production of textbooks rewritten to promote nationalist values, while class sizes of around 80 children per teacher are typical in Cairo slums
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