The employees union for the Ministry of Antiquities petitioned Prime Minister Hazem Al-Beblawi on Thursday to separate their ministry from the culture ministry.
The petition bore 50,000 employee signatures, calling for the “preservation Egyptian heritage” which they say accounts for “two-thirds of the world’s archeology.”
“The Ministry of Antiquity’s separation from the culture ministry will strengthen the value of archaeology, which has been suffering from decline of tourism since the 2011 revolution,” said Marwa El-Zeiny, an archeological restoration specialist.
El-Zeiny added that the ministry is in debt and its independence from the ministry would resolve several problems, including low or insufficient wages.
Daily news Egypt