Egypt Education System: A Monocultural Education in a Multicultural Society

Monir Atta-Alla


Egyptian minority students are stereotyped by Egyptian majority students, teachers, and administrators based on an assumed range of activities, characteristics, or behaviors. They are discriminated against and treated less favorably on the grounds of their religious background. This article explores the difficult positions that teachers and administrators may encounter in ethnically, culturally, and religiously diverse settings. It investigates how stereotyping Egyptian Christians as a religious minority in Egypt causes them to face discrimination on a daily basis. It also discusses how the discriminatory educational practices and policies, curriculum and textbook, and school environment in Egypt have resulted in a monoculture education system in a multicultural society.

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