Government, AAU Students Agree To Work For The Resolution of Demands
Addis Ababa, April 14 (WIC) - A meeting between representatives of the Addis Ababa University (AAU) and the Minister of Education ended yesterday by agreeing to meet the student's demands through short and long term phases.
The students of the Sidist Kilo and the Arat Kilo campuses, have been boycotting classes and carrying out protest meetings in their campuses this week against what they said was the University Administration's violation of student's academic freedom, the adoption of the University's Charter without the participation of student representatives, which as a result they claimed has failed to guarantee students' rights and the decision by the university administration to ban the publication of the students magazine.
In clashes between students and riot police last Wednesday at the Sidist kilo campus, some 45 students are known to have sustained inquiries of varying degrees and hospitalized at the Black Lion Hospital.
The Ministry of Education, the Academic vice president of the AAU, students of numerous institutions of higher learning and opposition political parties have all condemned the storming of the University and use of excessive force by police against students.
The Minister of Education W/o Genet Zewdie assured the student representatives during her meeting with them yesterday that the students' rights to assembly and free expression shall be guaranteed and the ban by the University administration on the campus magazine shall be lifted without delay.
The Minister is meanwhile scheduled to talk to the entire student body next Monday, at the X-Mass Hall of the Sidist Kilo campus.