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USEK students protest tuition increase

USEK students protest the administration's decision to increase tuition fees in Kaslik, Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (The Daily Star/Stringer)

BEIRUT: Students at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK) demonstrated in the street facing their campus Monday, to protest a decision by their university to increase tuition fees.

“We have been surprised, during the peak of the economic crisis in Lebanon, by this unjust decision by the university administration,” a statement released by the students on Saturday said.

The USEK’s new policy would increase the price of one credit at the university by $60, which means an overall increase of tuition fees by 21%, or in average of $2000 per year.

Students from all faculties organized and called for the 10 a.m. demonstration, demanding the immediate elimination of the “unfair” decision by the administration.

They held a sit-in closing the road, and refused to dissolve the protest until they received a promise by the USEK administration to reconsider its controversial decision, media reports said.

 

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