Helwan University to test jailed students inside Tora Prison
The entrance of Tora Prison - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Helwan University will send nine exam committees to Tora Prison to allow jailed students to take their final exams, Youm7 reported Monday.

Approaching the end of the academic year, students of a number of political movements called on Egyptian universities to enable detained students to take their exams “to save their future,” according to a May 4 statement signed by five political groups.

“There are more than 3000 students in jail, including 653 who were arrested during the first semester, 164 of whom have been released,” read the statement published on the Revolutionary Socialists Movement Facebook Page.

The statement urged universities to either send committees to prison to test students, or transfer students to take their exams at their faculties. It added that otherwise, imprisoned would be vulnerable to be expelled from the university.

The committees, planned to go to Tora Prison to test students, will be from the faculties of commerce, social service, pharmacy and industrial education.

A large number of students were arrested over illegal protests demanding the reinstatement of President Mohamed Morsi and implication in subsequent violence at Egyptian universities during the academic year of 2013/2014, labeled “the worst era for Egypt’s students” by some groups.

Helwan University also announced allocating special exam committees inside the campus for students with disabilities as well as those with recovering from injuries.

Additional reporting by Hany Mohamed  

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