CAIRO: Cairo University student housing decided Wednesday to halt providing food service for students residing on-campus housing during the holy month of Ramadan, Youm7 reported.
Students expressed their strong dissatisfaction with the decision by the university management, especially students of faculties of Medicine and Physical Therapy where the nature of study requires regularity of attendance and thus will not have time preparing the meal to break their fasting.
The university administration is putting pressure on the students, one anonymous student who resides on campus housing told Youm7 Wednesday and that it will cost the students a lot of money to purchase food and grocery from off campus housing everyday.
“The students in the dorms are in a dire need of money,” he said, adding that they are living there due to the circumstances of the faculty, which require their regular attendance.
The student, who chose to remain anonymous, called on the Cairo University administration to intervene to resolve this issue as well. He said they should take into account the interests of the students who are incapable to pay much money, stressing that the students have no time to organize a protest to demand their rights.
General director of Cairo University student housing dorms Magda el-Meselhi refused to comment on the issue, saying that she just implements orders. The Cairo University’s decision was criticized by many students.
A group of students in the Faculty of Medicine at Cairo University launched a hashtag called “A Hunger Force” to protest university president Gaber Nassar’s decision to close the student housing dorms and halt food service starting from June 27 until the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Founders of the hashtag called on Nassar to cancel his decision, pointing out that a significant number of final-year students have been affected.