Senegal: Teachers suspend lectures at public universities in Senegal

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Senegal's Autonomous Union of Teachers of the Tertiary Education (SAES) on Friday called all its members to boycott lectures in public universities until the resignation of the ministers of Tertiary Education and Home ministers, PANA reported from here.

The teachers say their decision followed the death of a student, Bassirou Faye, Thursday during violent clashes between students and the police at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar.

The clashes followed a demonstration by the students asking for the payment of their scholarships.

"There will be no lectures until the two ministers resign," said Yankhoba Seydi, the trade-union coordinator, at a press conference, adding that all the universities in Senegal should abide by the decision.

Also speaking, the SAES Secretary General, Seydi Ababacar Ndiaye, demanded that the two ministers be also prosecuted “because they are responsible for this situation”.

Protesting the presence of police officers at the Cheikh Anta Diop University, the SAES officials said: "We have always said the police had no place in an academic space since they came to the university on 21 November, 2013."

"Their presence has finally caused the death of a student," regretted Seydi, adding that the SAES will also suspend all negotiations with the government if the two ministers were not sacked.

In a communiqué published a few hours after the death of the student, Tertiary Education Minister, Prof. Mary Teuw Niane, said "the government will continue to check on security and public order while deploring the violence that marked the demonstration at the university."

16 august 2014 08:46:56

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