Strike paralyses five public universities

Majdi Alsaqaf, a final-year student at Sana'a University, is excited about the prospect of pending graduation. But a coordinated strike by administrative staff at Sana’a, Dhamar, Taiz, Ibb and Amran universities against new legislation has put the fate of thousands of final-year students in jeopardy, writes Ali Ibrahim Almoshiki for Yemen Times.

“This is my last year at university, but when it ends I will not know whether I have succeeded or failed,” said Alsaqaf. Unable to complete January exams because of a lack of staff, students are now unsure where they stand regarding credits for graduation.

Calling for all academic and administrative staff in universities to be treated as a single entity, the protest is against legislation passed by the cabinet that bars administrative staff from taking specific ‘academic’ roles at universities such as the rector and secretariat general. Syndicate representatives in all five universities met the amendments issued on 22 January with a flat-out refusal, with many describing the move as “flawed”.
Full report on the Yemen Times site