Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, discussed the main features of the 2021-2022 plan of the medium-term sustainable development plan “2019/2018 – 2022/2021” at the Senate Financial, Economic and Investment Affairs Committee.
During the discussion, Al-Saeed addressed the most important programs and initiatives of the education sector, explaining that there is a growth in investments directed to education projects by 25%, reaching 19.4 billion during the next fiscal year, in addition to the growth of investments directed to university education projects by 11% to reach 22 billion pounds during 2021-2022.
On the most important initiatives of the education sector; Al-Saeed explained that it includes the digital transformation initiative in the education system to enhance the ability of educational institutions to continue the educational process efficiently and with high quality, in light of the state’s plan to cope with the repercussions of the “emerging corona” virus, with funds of 5.7 billion pounds, including 4.7 billion pounds for pre-university education and one billion pounds for university education. .
The initiatives also include expanding the establishment of public universities with the aim of providing higher education services without discrimination by providing at least one public university in every governorate with funds amounting to 1.5 billion pounds to complete 3 universities in Matrouh, the New Valley and Luxor, and the establishment of 2 new universities in South Sinai and Hurghada.
Al-Saeed continued that education initiatives include the expansion of the establishment of private universities to provide distinguished educational services that attract Egyptian and foreign students, especially to middle income groups, with credits of 4.8 billion pounds to establish 16 universities, and the initiative to expand the establishment of technological universities with the aim of linking the higher education system with the requirements of the labor market, by establishing Universities linked to the industrial map in the governorates, with funds amounting to 2.2 billion pounds, indicating that the overall goals include establishing and operating 9 universities.
With regard to the “Egyptian reference genome” project, Al-Saeed explained that it aims to draw a reference genetic map for the Egyptian Prime Time Zone, which includes determining the genetic influences on the effect of drugs, treating various diseases, and determining the genetic factors that affect the response to the causes of various epidemics, thus contributing to identifying the Prime Time Zone most vulnerable to infection with viruses. In addition to the study of the reference genome of the ancient Egyptians, and the study of genes related to some diseases, indicating that the project is directed to it with appropriations of up to 100 million pounds.
Al-Saeed added that the initiatives include providing education services in deprived areas to increase citizen satisfaction, in light of the state’s targeting to take into account social justice in the distribution of resources, with total allocations reaching 575 million pounds, with a total of 93 schools including 1156 classrooms, in addition to the initiative for mobile education classes “smart spaces. “Which aims to establish educational units with integrated services and technology to solve the problem of classroom density in an innovative, less expensive and more sustainable scientific method by focusing on areas with high densities, by creating 24 thousand classrooms and covering 50% of schools” 24 thousand schools with allocations of up to 2 billion pounds during 2021 -2022.
The article 19.4 billion pounds, investments in “education” projects for the next fiscal year, was written in the Al-Borsa newspaper.