File - In this Friday, June 19, 2015 photo, Egyptian children play as their family awaits the afternoon prayer on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan inside the Al-Azhar mosque, in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Wafaa Bassiouny's six-year campaign for the right to educate children at home in Egypt has propelled her from academic pariah to mini celebrity, as the nation's broken schools fail another generation.A third of state school teachers don't turn up for work, while more than 70 percent of students rely on private tuition to learn the basics.Egypt invests about 4,733 pounds ($620) a year per student during primary and secondary education, according to the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights.President Gamal Abdel Nasser introduced free education as he sought to modernize Egypt from the 1950s.The answer for those who could afford it was private tutoring to supplement state lessons, something Egyptians spend 16 billion pounds a year on, nearly half of household outlays. Bassiouny's first book, "Misr Bela Madaress," or "An Egypt Without Schools," was published last year. She said many parents seeking her advice object to the state using education to indoctrinate students.
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