The quality of public school education in Egypt has been on a declining slope for years, facing many challenges such as poor quality, high dropout rates and a mismatch between the market needed skills and those of students. The purpose of this study is to explore whether blended learning is a viable solution to Egypt’s educational ailments, with improving equity as the focus. With no dominant literature trends on the subject or enough access to public education data, the chosen research method was to conduct in-depth interviews with national and international experts on blended learning. All interviewed experts believe that there is severe lack of equity in the system. They mentioned socioeconomic discrepancy, poorly designed policies and limiting customs and traditions as the biggest contributors to education inequity in the country. Despite being experts on blended learning, the experts have not shown blind trust in its ability to improve equity. They believe that the problems are “much bigger than to be solved by technology” alone, and emphasize several prerequisites for a successful policy: raison d'être, changing the “one size fits all” approach, political will, institutional readiness, and pedagogical development. The study concludes that blended learning has potential benefits, but also has potential risks that need to be mitigated and proactively addressed. If the prerequisites mentioned by the experts are tackled and blended learning risks are mitigated, blended learning can be the right policy for improving educational equity.
Public Policy & Administration Department
MA in Public Policy
Barsoum, Dr. Ghada
Committee Member 1
Bali, Dr. Maha
Committee Member 2
Osman, Dr. Gihan
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Abou Zaid, S.
(2017).A blended learning education policy in Egypt: The road for better access and social inclusion [Master’s thesis, the American University in Cairo]. AUC Knowledge Fountain.
Abou Zaid, Seif El Din. A blended learning education policy in Egypt: The road for better access and social inclusion. 2017. American University in Cairo, Master's thesis. AUC Knowledge Fountain.