Egypt student coalition to announce open-ended sit-in starting 13 September

Ahram Online, Wednesday 31 Aug 2011

Students demand that Cabinet decision to replace all university presidents linked to former regime be applied and put forward several other demands aiming at educational reforms

Egypt’s Student Coalition has called for an open-ended sit-in to start from 13 September to press the Council of Ministers to apply the agreement they made to replace all university presidents linked to the former regime and to start elections before the end of the academic year.

The sit-in demands will also include educational reforms, higher transparency in addition to the original demand of cleansing the universities of all former regime and corrupt figures.

The Supreme Council of Private Universities’ secretary, Hatem El-Balk, is also on the student's blacklist as they are calling for him to be sacked.

The students also want the issue of high private universities fees to be referred to the Higher Education Ministry.

In general, the students want to set a maximum for university fees and that the state starts investigations into the lands owned by private educational institutions and limit their profits to only 10 per cent. Students threatened to not pay their fees until all demands are met.

The coalition has coordinated with several other political and student groups, including April 6 Youth Movement; Justice and Development Youth; the Free Movements Ain Shams University, Helwan University, Alexandria University, Sohag University, Banha University and Suez Canal University; Youth for Change Movement; Private University Students Coalition; Socialist Youth Coalition; Kifaya Movement; 9 March for University Independence Movement and the Egyptian Universities Staff Coalition.

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