Kabul University students rally for Ramadan vacation
KABUL (Pajhwok): Reacting to a protest demonstration by Kabul University students, the Ministry of Higher Education on Wednesday said the authority to grant vacation during Ramadan rested with the president.
The Kabul University students on Wednesday took to the streets in jurisdiction of 3rd municipality district and reached the Higher Education Ministry building in Kart-e-Sey area.
The students chanted slogans like “We don’t want beans and potatoes, “we just want Ramadan recess. “We want protection of Islamic values, Abaya must be worn in Ramadan and we don’t want forced education.”
Mohammad Asif Barnyar, one of the protestors, told Pajhwok Afghan News the holy month of Ramadan had arrived but they didn’t have proper living place in the university’s hostel. He said they were improper food and homes of some students were located far from the university.
“Besides other issues, girl students do not observe hijab in Ramadan and it was another reason that prompted us to demand vacations.”
He warned if their demands were ignored, they would continue their protest and would likely close gates of the Ministry of Higher Education and the university.
Sana Gul, a sociology department student at the university said: “We want to convey our demands to the ministry that our course has completed and we are served bad quality food and in such warm weather, university students should be sent home on Ramadan holidays.
Another student, Mohammad Bashir, said they had many times shared their problems with the university administration but it didn’t pay attention and they were forced into carrying out the protest.
At the end, the rally participants issued a resolution letter in which they had asked the higher education ministry to positively answer their ‘legitimate demands’, otherwise they would continue protesting.
In response to the protest, Faisal Amin, the higher education ministry spokesman, said, “universities across the country were supposed to go on summer vacation fromJuly15, 2016 but now due to the protests by students, we have sent a draft to the Presidential Palace, if approved then we will be able give a positive answer.”
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