Giza schools remove names of Hosni and Suzanne Mubarak

Giza governor Ali Abdel Rahman has approved new names suggested by parents of students at schools named for ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his wife Suzanne.

18 schools across the province were named after the former president or his wife.

In a meeting with officials from the Giza education department on Tuesday, Abdel Rahman reviewed the names proposed by parents who had earlier smashed the signs carrying the Mubaraks’ names. The new names were mostly religious and related to the revolution.

The 6th of October Mubarak Experimental Language School changed its name to Tahrir Experimental Language School, referring to Cairo’s Tahrir Square, which was the epicenter of massive protests which forced Mubarak to resign in February 2011. More than 800 were killed in wide-scale protests, and Mubarak is awaiting a court ruling in June over his involvement in the killings.

In the district of Kerdasa, Mubarak Primary School will be renamed Al-Shohada (martyrs) School.

Following his resignation, activists launched a campaign calling for the Mubaraks’ names to be removed from public facilities. A court ruling approving that demand was upheld in January 2012 by the Administrative Court, after Mubarak supporters had appealed it.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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