The leaders of Saudi Arabia and Egypt have announced that all Syrian students living in their countries will be allowed to enroll in public schools as their home is beset by violent conflict, local media reported Thursday.
After a decree by Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Several, schools in the kingdom have started readying for Syrian students, building makeshift classes in playgrounds or through adding extra lessons in the second half of each school day, al-Watan newspaper reported.
The northern parts of Saudi Arabia are expected to witness the largest turnout of Syrian students in public schools owing to its proximity to Syria, the paper said.
In the same vein, Egyptian president Mohammed Mursi, in his first speech to the Arab League, equated the needs of Syrian students with their Egyptian counterparts.
Mursi’s Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, stated on its Facebook page that the president’s decision was part of an initiative to declare solidarity with the Syrian people.
The decision is expected to be of extreme help for Syrian students since foreign students pay large sums of money to join Egyptian schools, even in in public universities where Egyptians gets free education.