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German Univ in Cairo suspends classes as students protest classmate death

Yara Negm, a 19-year-old engineering student, was hit by a bus in the GUC parking lot on Monday

Zeinab El-Gundy , Tuesday 10 Mar 2015
GUC sit-in
The GUC students' sit-in at the "Platform" area in the University earlier Tuesday to protest the death of student Yara Tarek "Photo: Mahmoud Magdy"
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Hundreds of students at the German University in Cairo (GUC) started a sit-in on Tuesday to protest the death of a female student, before the university announced the suspension of classes for three days.

Yara Negm, a 19-year-old engineering student, was hit by a bus in the GUC parking lot on Monday. 

The GUC Students Union led the sit-in at the platform area where students usually spend their leisure time. Participants in the sit-in boycotted classes and lectures, demanding the administration hold accountable the parking and drivers departments. 

“We decided that nobody will attend lectures or classes in all faculties today and we told the administration that will continue until they take action,” Mai El-Belbesy, the vice head of the Students Union, told Ahram Online.

The angry students demanded the university administration start an inspection system for drivers and parking attendants.

But according to El-Belbesy nobody from the administration has come to listen to their demands. 

They also called on the university administration to change its parking system.

“Already in the past we had incidents of students being hit by university buses in the parking lot, including broken arms and legs, but this time a woman was killed,” El-Belbesy said. 

The sit-in was later moved to the parking area to block the movement of buses.

Negm’s funeral was held in Cairo on Tuesday and was attended by other students. 

The university administration told Ahram Online that classes were continuing as normal. It also added that there were new updates about the accident.

Nevertheless, hours later, after speaking to the administration, the GUC student affairs department sent an email to students announcing the suspension of classes for three days, starting from Tuesday, to mourn the death of Negm. It also announced the suspension of student activities for two weeks. 

Several students informed Ahram Online that they were surprised by the announcement because a quiz planned for Wednesday was still due to go ahead.

The university informed Negm’s family, who are out the country, of her death, and handed the driver over to the police for questioning.

New Cairo prosecution has begun an investigation into the death. The prosecution has ordered the detention of the suspected driver for four days pending investigation.

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11-03-2015 07:16am
Blind spots
There are methods to cover the blind spots of a bus such as extra mirrors on the sides and a installing a rear camera and a screen in the dashboard. University busses should be stopped until these are installed. Expense is not that great especially for a private university.
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Ahmed Ghoneim
11-03-2015 06:54pm
not listening
No, expenses are not great, but the management would first have to listen to the students' (and staff's for that matter) demand. Has it ever done so?

Aladdin, Alex
10-03-2015 09:26pm
Good Thing to Do`
Zero tolerance to rowdy students. You better set priority for what you are coming for; Study or being rowdy?
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Bassent Mohamed Omar
10-03-2015 07:10pm
total lack of responsibility
This dead is the latest, sad proof of the complete incompetency of the GUC's leadership and administration. The administration is never held responsible for any mischief it creates. The bus schedule is tight, drivers are missing because they are very low-paid and the coach park is chaotic because it cannot cope with the rising student numbers. The GUC is nominally "led" by an egomanic, greedy founder with an inflated self who just does not understand that his administration really runs the show. Just wait and see what happens once the government also finds out that several dozens foreign staff works without a work permit - for years. Let's hope that those truly responsible will be held accountable and let's pray for the poor young women who died an unnecessary dead.
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