Hania Sobhy: "Reforms for Another Planet: Digitalization and Deskilling in Egypt's New Education System"

  • Date: Apr 21, 2022
  • Time: 09:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Location: Online Event
  • Host: CIES - Comparative and International Education Society
Hania Sobhy: "Reforms for Another Planet: Digitalization and Deskilling in Egypt's New Education System"
Comparative and International Education Society | 66th Annual Conference | Illuminating the Power of Idea/lism | April 18 - 22, 2022

This paper examines the adoption of quality related interventions education reform agenda in Egypt over the past two decades where the state of education is seen to have rapidly deteriorated and has led to a sense of national crisis. In particular, the study references two major reform initiatives as reflected in the 2007 and 2014 Ministry of Education strategic plans and the 2018 New Education Systems. The analysis highlights how different stakeholders view the relevant components of the reform agendas, and how political economy factors have shaped educational policy in the country – a dynamic which speaks to the political settlement literature and frameworks for understanding social policy development more broadly. More specifically, this paper attends to 1) issues around measures of learning outcomes and 2) teacher career paths. Other quality-related areas of reform are also explored including: curriculum development, technology-related reforms, teacher professional development and teacher pay and the policy processes, interests, opportunities and obstacles affecting them. The paper assesses how recent reform efforts such as within curriculum and assessment have not been accompanied by the kind of systemic effort required to make them work. Lastly, the paper also pays significant attention to issues around equity, especially digital learning and instruction, and how it relates to developments in global education space.

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