Dozens of Cairo students block road in protest at poor services

Ahram Online, Friday 26 Apr 2013

Protesting students complained about poor infrastructure on campus, citing rotten meat and frequent power cuts

Cairo University students cut off Tharwat Street in Giza, 26 April 2013(Photo: Ahram)

Dozens of Cairo University students cut off Tharwat Street in Giza on Friday in protest at the university’s poor services, Ahram’s Arabic language website reported.

The students demanded that university authorities urgently investigate the state of the university’s facilities, and requested the implementation of student union bylaws.

The protesters complained about repeated power cuts and poor food. Students said that in one case that rotten meat was served at the cafeteria in the girls’ dormitory.

Magdy Wahbah, a business student, told Al-Ahram that he pays monthly LE60 for food in the dormitory in addition to LE300 at the beginning of every year.

The protesters reportedly cleared the road partially to allow a car carrying a sick woman to pass. At the time of publication, police were negotiating with student union members to open the road. According to Al-Ahram, a student union representative said that the decision to block the road had been taken by a few protesters, not the majority.

On 13 April, forty-one student movements from public and private Egyptian universities protested against the ministry of higher education after several crises arose in universities across the country.

Hundreds of students marched from Cairo University to the ministry, calling for the sacking of Minister of Higher Education, Mostafa Mosaad, and the head of the Supreme Council of Private Universities, Gamal Nawara.

Students demanded better security on university campuses, as well as better-quality health and nutrition services for students who live on campus. Protesters cited the recent food poisoning incident in Al-Azhar University, where about 500 students were hospitalised after eating on campus.

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