Schooling started around the age of five. Students typically spent 12 years or more learning hieroglyphs.Students had to memorize over 700 hieroglyphs. They spent as many as four years copying the signs, over and over. Students in scribe schools did not have an easy life. Classes sometimes lasted from dawn until sunset. Teachers were strict and often treated their students harshly.
Scribes had to keep records of grain and the food supply. They also had to keep count of the census which was the number of people in Egypt. Some had to calculate and collect the taxes
Scribes were highly respected and well paid. Only men could become a scribe. They were the official record keepers for the government, priests and nobles. Being a scribe was one way a man could rise above his parents status.