By Goth Mohamed Goth
The Minster of Education and Higher learning Madam Zam Zam Abdi Aden said the raise in student’s tuition fees was justifiable, while responding to protests by University students which rocked the learning institution earlier yesterday said,
“The Rise in tuition fees goes towards improving the quality of the teaching at the institution”, she said.
Dr. Abdi Hussein Gaas the Vice Chancellor of the Hargeisa University has in the past stated that the university administration decision was due to rising administrative costs leave us no other choice but to increase the tuition fees so as to meet the ever sky rocketing expenses.
Similar moves by the University admiration to increase tuition fees were been met with fierce opposition by students at the university at the end of last Semester, the university administration had previously informed undergraduates about the changes in tuition fees.
Brigadier General Abdillahi Fadal Iman told protesting students to go back to the University and wait for authorities to address them but his attempts to negotiate with students proved futile after angry students became adamant on continuing with their demonstration into the city center.
Moments later riot police units were called in to block the students from reaching the second Hargeisa bridge this was followed by running battles between the anti-riot police units and students who later converged outside the university premises and started to burn tires.
The Minister of Education urged students to express their grievances in a peaceful manner and that the government is looking into the matter.