Egypt rules Bahai children cannot receive an education of any kind

Thanks Mike for the tip! Those who follow the Bahai religion are prohibited from running private schools of their own for their children in Egypt. Their children have now been barred from receiving an education of any kind.

The education minister has repeated remarks that Bahais cannot enroll in public schools, saying it violates the Constitution.

“The Constitution only recognizes the three Abrahamic religions,” Ibrahim Ghoneim told Akbar Al-Youm newspaper Saturday. “And as religion is a subject taught in schools, they do not meet the requirements for enrollment.”

Ghoneim had told Al-Sabah newspaper the same statement in November, when he was asked, “What is the position of the ministry concerning the children of Bahais? Do they have the right to enroll in a [ministry-affiliated] school?”

The minister responded by saying, “The state only recognizes three religions, and the Bahai faith is not among them. Thus their children do not have the right to register in government schools.”

In recent years, Bahais fought a battle with the government, as it refused to issue ID cards or birth certificates for them.

All Egyptians must have national ID cards starting at the age of 16. These cards indicate religion, and are a must for any other formal transaction, such as applying for a driver’s license or a birth certificate, or opening a bank account. Read more

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