Egypt's Al-Azhar University to hold exams on time despite disturbances

Ahram Online, Wednesday 25 Dec 2013

Clashes between students and security forces continue at Al-Azhar, but the administration says exams will go ahead as planned

Al-Azhar University
Al-Azhar University students supporters of Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Morsi, react as teargas is fired from Egyptian security forces during a clash in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Clashes are still frequent at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, but its administration insists on holding exams closing out the first semester as scheduled.

Al-Ahram's Arabic site reported Wednesday that the university administration will take legal action against students who are breaching regulations on campus.  

It was also reported that the university council, headed by Ossama Al-Abd, convened to discuss ways to secure and organie the exams.

Meanwhile, the gates of the Faculty of Islamic Studies were closed by demonstrators Wednesday. Later, protesting students locked horns with security forces when the latter tried to forcibly open the faculty gates.

Earlier in the day a statement on Al-Azhar Student Union's Facebook page said the Faculty of Dentistry is demanding the immediate release of all detained students, and the replacement of security personnel working in the university.

Also, students are still demonstrating in front of the university, calling for the release of their colleagues who have been detained since November following clashes with security.

Exams on the female-only campus are scheduled for 28 December, while some exams on the male campus are already underway.

Students from the pro-Muslim Brotherhood camp have announced they will boycott exams in response to the detention of their colleagues.

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