Schoolchildren at an Egyptian academic institution. (Photo credit: AlAraby AlJadeed)
The Egyptian Ministry of Education has imposed exorbitant coasts for public school enrollment for migrant students, including Palestinian refugees, who are considered as foreigners rather than asylum-seekers.
Article 5 of the new decision sets a sum of 3,000 EGP per year (nearly 200 USD) for public school enrollment.
The Egyptian authorities continue to categorize Palestinian refugees as “tourists” and, thus, denying them the right to an unequivocal legal status. Refugees have been shorn of the right to legal stays in the country.
A number of Palestinian refugees have failed to enroll their children at government-run schools. The fact that UNRWA has not opened up schools for Palestinian refugees in Egypt has added bad to worse.
Thousands of Palestinian refugees from Syria have sought asylum in Egypt, hundreds among whom illegally entered the country through the Sudanese borders.