Articles 6 and 33 of the Egyptian Constitution stipulate equal opportunities to all، regardless sex، race، or religion including the access to education.
However، there were some institutions that remained subjected to a customary principles، where the social variety is not really represented in a smaller-scaled communities، but today، Azhar University was excluded from the list.
The Faculty of Dentistry، Al-Azhar University، Assiut Branch، agreed Abanoub Gerges Naeem، to be enrolled in the faculty’s residency program، following completing his academic studies.
Naeem has obtained his certificate for Faculty of Dentistry، Al-Nahda University، yet he has to spend on residency programe.
“The regulations provide opening to receive applicants for the faculty’s residency program on May every year. The Christian student Abanoub Gerges Naeem applied to be enrolled in the the faculty’s two-month program، he was approved to spend the training period at the college،” Dr. Khalid Siddiq، Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at Al-Azhar University، Assiut Branch، said.
On the hand، Naeem expressed happiness over the approval، noting that his academic studies are from Faculty of Dentistry at Al-Nahda University in Beni Suef and not originally from Al-Azhar University.
Al-Azhar، Egypt's oldest degree-granting university and is renowned as Sunni Islam's most prestigious seat، came under fire after some lawmakers claimed Al-Azhar's system of education is inconvenient for Christians، because students who join Al-Azhar are required to recite the Quran.
The fierce campaign against Al-Azhar even flourished to the media. Most prominently among these are expert on religious affairs، including the controversial researcher Islam al-Behairy، was released from prison on a presidential pardon after serving a year's sentence after a conviction of defaming Islam، and Journalist Ibrahim Issa، who described the curriculum at Al-Azhar as creating an conducive environment for terrorism.