CAIRO: Minister of Higher Education Wael al-Degwy asked university presidents on Wednesday to expel students who are involved in “violent acts” inside universities, Youm7 reported.
Degwy also threatened to terminate the contracts of any university professors who are found to be inciting “terrorist” acts inside universities, during an interview on Al-Hayat TV.
Several major universities have experienced ongoing protests against the military-backed government since the beginning of the academic year last September. Violent confrontations have erupted continuously between students and security forces, often leaving victims.
Degwy stated that the ministry would contract with security companies to secure university gates, adding that the number of administrative security members is not enough to control protests.
University regulations and current protocol between the Minister of Interior and the Supreme Council of Universities permit security forces to enter university campuses, according to a press statement on the Cabinet’s website.
The protocol also grants university presidents the right to confront violence by applying punishment and suspending students.
Al-Azhar University announced on March 31 that 25 students were being expelled because they had allegedly been involved in riots on the campus.
The Al-Azhar spokesperson said the university may allow security forces to be deployed on the campus to confront “continuous riots and violent incidents,” reported Youm7.
Additional reporting by Samir Hosni.