CHRISTIAN RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION IN EGYPTIAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Christian religious instruction in public schools was during the reign of the khedive Ismail (1863-1879) as part of the larger fight against illiteracy. Since the passage of a 1968 national law it has been a compulsory subject for Coptic students in all public schools, elementary and secondary.

Each school district either employs a staff person in charge of or engages someone from outside the system for this purpose. All school libraries have of the Bible. The curriculum acquaints the students with the salient features of their Coptic heritage.

YUSUF KHALIL YUSUF

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