According to Egyptian secular law, both men and women have the right to ask for a divorce.Traditionally, upon divorce, the father is granted custody of any children, and any dowry paid by the groom to the bride's family must be returned.However, most primary and secondary schools usually meet for about six hours a day Saturday through Thursday, with only Friday off. There are twelve years of formal education in Egypt, and public schools are free, though under funded.Many families who can afford to send their children to private school.Because the majority of people in Egypt are Muslim, Egyptian government offices and business observe Friday as the day of rest.Many government offices are open Sunday through Thursday, and most universities and some private schools also hold classes Sunday through Thursday, and are closed Friday and Saturday.
Divorce is not very common in Egypt, although it does still happen.
Toward the end of high school, children take an exam similar to the SAT required of students planning to go to college in the U. The results of that exam determine which college each student will attend and also which fields of study are open to that student.
Top students can attend the American University in Cairo, which teaches its courses in English.
Men and women usually live at home with their parents until they get married.
Traditionally, extended families lived together, however, with the new situation in Cairo - as houses were abandoned in favor of apartments - the traditional family has given way to the nuclear family.