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Samir Simaika and Nevine Henein

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789774168239

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774168239.001.0001

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Education and Legislation

Education and Legislation

(p.39) 5 Education and Legislation
Marcus Simaika

Samir Simaika

Nevine Henein

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter discusses Marcus Simaika's career in the fields of education and legislation. Simaika was appointed to the Legislative Council in 1906—the year of his retirement from the Egyptian State Railways—to fill the vacancy for a Coptic member created by the death of Basili Pasha Tadrus, a former judge of the High Court of Appeal. He was chosen by the British Agency in preference to Scandar Fahmi. As a member of the Superior Council of Education, Simaika played a leading role in the promulgation of the law regarding government grants to private schools, subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Education. He also proposed the founding of a large Coptic college for girls, resulting in the establishment of the Coptic Girls College in Abbasiya in 1910. The chapter also considers Simaika's work in the Egyptian legislature, first at the Legislative Council and then at the Legislative Assembly.

Keywords:   career, Marcus Simaika, education, legislation, Egyptian legislature, Scandar Fahmi, Superior Council of Education, government grants, private schools, Coptic Girls College

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