This brief analyzes and summarizes young people's responses to the 2009 Survey of Young People in Egypt (SYPE) to identify the greatest challenges facing the Egyptian educational system, focusing specifically on primary through secondary schooling. Results show that access to school has improved, but some youth, especially females in rural Upper Egypt, remain outside the school system and are increasingly marginalized. The Egyptian school system is delivering low-quality education that is irrelevant to the labor market and has problems with repetition, absenteeism, and drop out which reduce the efficiency of the education system. Unequal distribution of resources in the education system reinforces and increases existing inequalities in Egyptian society. The report recommends altering expenditures to ensure equity in school environments and a redistribution that favors more disadvantaged communities to provide more equal opportunities to disadvantaged youth.
Krafft, Caroline. 2012. "Challenges facing the Egyptian education system: Access, quality, and inequality," Survey of Young People in Egypt Policy Brief no. 2. Cairo: Population Council.
Survey of Young People in Egypt