Verdensbanken sier at utdannelsen for de unge i Midtøsten sakker akterut i forhold til Asia og Latinamerika. Barnekullene er for store. Det finnes ikke ressurser til å gi dem en nyttig utdannelse og den som gis er preget av pugging. I stedet kommer private tilbud som øker klasseforskjellen.

The school day at Othman Bin-Affan Primary School has begun.

First there is a prayer from the Koran and then there is the National Anthem.

The children shout and clap and turn on the spot as the loudspeaker crackles and spits, exhorting the pupils to listen, repeat and obey.

The last few stragglers are let in to a school that’s so full that it is forced to operate two shifts a day.

Two thousand children start the day at eight in the morning and another 2,000 begin shortly after lunch.

The average class size is more than 60 and the facilities are poor.

Falling behind

The World Bank thinks education in schools like this is falling behind.

In a lengthy analysis of the Middle East and North Africa it says the quality of education is below other regions like parts of Asia and Latin America.
Like most state schools in Egypt, the children At Othman Bin-Affan Primary are taught by rote.

The teacher reads from a book, the children repeat and so the lesson goes.

Many parents in Egypt supplement the lessons in the classroom with private lessons at home, often with the same teachers.

Those parents who have more money tend to opt out of the national education system altogether.

De som kan sender barna til privatskole. Foreldre er villig til å ofre mye for at barna skal få en god start i livet. Den offentlige skolen gir ikke det.

Arab education ‘falling behind’