EGYPT: Hundreds protest to elect university leaders

Nearly 700 teaching staff from several Egyptian universities protested last Sunday outside the cabinet building in downtown Cairo, demanding the removal of Higher Education Minister Moataz Khorshid, the replacement of university heads and better pay, writes Omar Halawa for Al-Masry Al-youm.

The demonstration followed a mass protest the day before by government-paid school teachers, who called for higher salaries and the removal of Education Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin Moussa. The Sunday protesters have launched a union made up of teaching staff from universities in Cairo, Alexandria, Helwan and Minya.

Demonstrators hoisted banners demanding university leaders be elected rather than appointed, more accountable university budgets - with separate budgets for scientific research - and the improvement of working conditions for university staff.
Full report on the Al-Masry Al-Youm site