Egypt: Ministry of Education bans ‘Mahrajant’ folkloric music at schools


According to the independent Egyptian newspaper El Fagr, the Ministry of Education in Egypt has sent an instructive letter to all governorates’ educational departments stressing that no musical tones or songs can be played in classrooms unless it has been pre-approved by the Ministry to be used in the educational process.
Dr Nesrin Helmy, assistant to the Minister for extracurricular activities, stated that the instructive letter bans using so called ‘Mahrajant songs’, i.e. ‘folkloric festival music’ as an educational tool at schools in all the Republic’s educational institutions in all grades.
‘Mahrajanat’ music is a term used for a new folkloric type of Egyptian street music which has attracted a large number of fans, not least among including school pupils and older students.

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