CAIRO: Cairo University’s housing crisis escalated Friday with students calling to spend the night at the university premises until the management solves the issue.
The administration of faculties such as the Faculty of Archaeology said it operates a system in which they provide accommodation for students whose grades are deemed “good” after a month from the start of the school year, implying that the housing process would start by October 21.
Students of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science have complained of the same issue and staged a protest to demand a rapid solution for their problem.
The Student Union of the Faculty of Archaeology said in a statement that the students called for the sit-in because the university administration refuses to postpone the start of the term, even though 60 percent of the students, especially those from outside Cairo, are badly affected by the housing crisis.
On the other hand, the university management insisted on its schedule for accommodating the students and rejected their demands.
Other university students, angered by the situation, decided to start an open-ended sit-in on Saturday in solidarity.