CAIRO: The Muslim Brotherhood is “the happiest faction” with the decree that all universities heads and deans will be appointed by the president rather than elected, prominent activist and member of the executive office of the Current of National Partnership Shady GhazalyHarbtold Youm7 Thursday.
“I am afraid the return of university leaders as models of serving state patronage would create fertile soil for the Brotherhood to attract university students and professors,” Harb said.
“Reinventing the past and retreating from all forms of democracy and the gains of the revolution will only be in their (the Brotherhood’s) interest,” headded.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi issued Tuesday a presidential decree stipulating that the president would appoint every university head among three candidates recommended by a specialized committee, and the same applies to faculty deans. The decree interrupted procedures to begin new elections at universities, as the three-year term of elected chairmen and deans have already ended since the first elections after the January 25 Revolution.
“The decree foreshadows the return of security interference in universities and undermines the independency that we have requested for decades,” read a statement by students affiliated with the NasseristKarama party, published by El-Badil news website Wednesday.
Harb also said that the Brotherhood lost in the majority of elections at universities in the past years by the power of democracy.
“The restoration of the security grip and presidential control over them (the Brotherhood) would only give them more sympathy and power,” Harb said.
On the other hand, Sherif Mourad, the dean of Cairo University’s Engineering Faculty, previously said the move represents a “sound decision that would not affect the educational process.”
GamalSalama, dean of the Faculty of Commerce at Suez Canal University told El-Badil that the decision would “restore respect amongst professors after they were divided.”
Additional reporting by Eman Ali