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Hundreds march in Cairo, protest cancelled high school exams

  • Hundreds of Egyptian students march during a protest against the cancellation of high school exams, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, June 27, 2016. Demanding the resignation of Education Minister Al-Helali el-Sherbini, the students, accompanied by some parents, later marched toward Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Roger Anis)

    Hundreds of Egyptian students march during a protest against the cancellation of high school exams, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, June 27, 2016. Demanding the resignation of Education Minister Al-Helali el-Sherbini, the students, accompanied by some parents, later marched toward Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Roger Anis)  (The Associated Press)

  • Hundreds of Egyptian students chant slogans during a protest against the cancellation of high school exams, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, June 27, 2016. Demanding the resignation of Education Minister Al-Helali el-Sherbini, the students, accompanied by some parents, later marched toward Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif)

    Hundreds of Egyptian students chant slogans during a protest against the cancellation of high school exams, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, June 27, 2016. Demanding the resignation of Education Minister Al-Helali el-Sherbini, the students, accompanied by some parents, later marched toward Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt's 2011 uprising against longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. (AP Photo/Ahmed Abd El Latif)  (The Associated Press)

Hundreds of Egyptian students are marching in front of the Education Ministry in Cairo over the cancellation of some high school exams.

Monday's march comes after 12 Education Ministry officials were detained after answers to the final nationwide exams for Arabic, religion and other subjects were posted earlier this month on Facebook by an anonymous user who said he wants to shine a spotlight on corruption and inefficiency.

Protests of such size are rare in Egypt, where President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has led a harsh crackdown on critics from among both the Islamist and the secular camp.

Egypt's education system has long been plagued by overcrowded classrooms and poorly trained teachers, forcing millions of students who can afford it to rely on private tutors. Exam scores directly determine entrance to universities.