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Private students close Higher Edu Ministry’s gate

Private students close Higher Edu Ministry’s gate

Jan 03, 2018 - 20:41

KABUL (Pajhwok): Tens of private universities’ officials and students on Wednesday closed the main entrance to the Higher Education Ministry in Kabul to protest what they said “delay” in distribution of degrees.

The protesting students and officials numbering up to 300 warned they would not let the gate of the ministry to be opened until their demand was met.

They chanted: “Degree is our right, we want justice, taking bribe from students is a shameful act.”

Waqif Noori, one of the protesting private university officials, said the Higher Education Ministry had promised two years back of distributing graduation certificates among private university students but the ministry failed to honor its promise.

He said their protest was aimed at condemning the delay in issuing certificates, unfair behavior of the ministry with the private sector, seeking bribes by ministry official and double standards for state owned and private universities.

Ahmad Tasal, one of the protesting students, said students who hadngraduated from private universities years back were yet to obtain their degrees. He demanded education officials immediately distribute certificates to graduated students.

Higher Education Ministry spokesman Arefa Paikan said fighting against corruption was every citizen’s prime duty and the ministry was committed to eradicating corruption at every level.

She rejected double standards when it comes to state-run and private universities and added there was the need for proper mechanism for distribution of degrees to private university students.

Over 130 private universities functional in the country have enrolled more than 176,000 students.