Coptic school director in Minya dismissed

24-02-2016 04:50 PM

Nader Shukry

The Education Directorate in Minya has responded to fanatic demands by students

to dismiss a newly-appointed school director allegedly because she is Coptic.

The Copt Mervat Seifein had been promoted to school director of Beni Mazar

Secondary Girls’ School in Beni Mazar, Minya. It was a routine promotion in

which she replaced the previous school director who is a Muslim. The students

protested and held a sit-in in the school courtyard asking for her removal and that

the previous Muslim director should remain in office. Ramadan Abdel-Hamid, the

Minya deputy to the Education Ministry responded to the girls’ demands, upon

which the students disbanded.

Ezzat Ibrahim, a Minya activist, demanded that a prompt official investigation be

conducted into the matter. “This is flagrant religious discrimination,” Mr Ibrahim

says. “It brings to mind the incident in the southern province of Qena when the

Islamists rose against the appointment of a Coptic governor in the past-Arab

Spring weeks in 2011, and the State gave in and went back on the appointment.

“It is catastrophic that some 50 or 100 teenage girls should impose their will on the

State. And it is equally disastrous that these girls were pushed to do so by a group

of fanatic Islamists. The positive official response amounts to an invitation for

religious discrimination. The deputy minister who did that must be dismissed.”

Watani International

24 February 2016

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