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Maarrat al-Nu'man civil bodies: Salvation Government addresses private university staff inappropriately

Editing: Abd Allah Al Darwesh |
TranslationEditor: Vera Halvorsen |
Translation: Maan Salti
Publication date: 2019/01/29 11:52

Idlib - SMART

Civil bodies from the city of Maarrat al-Nu'man in southern Idlib, Northern Syria, said that the Salvation Government's manner of addressing the educational staff of private universities unlicensed by the government is "inappropriate."

In a statement published on Tuesday, the Maarrat al-Nu'man civil bodies called for a meeting of higher education staff in the city to activate a dialogue between the staff. The statement also demanded all parties to deal with universities and their students neutrally.

The civil bodies expressed their solidarity with the students of private universities that are unlicensed by the Higher Education Council of Salvation Government, which operates in the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)-controlled areas, stressing the necessity of maintaining the educational process and exam schedule of all universities.

The statement came after the Higher Education Council issued a decision to close unlicensed private universities, threatening to send them to court and submtitting their staff members to a "disciplinary board."

On Saturday, the Higher Education Council said that it is determined to take over all private universities and institutes in southern Idlib and western Aleppo. Students from southern Idlib protested against the Salvation Government's decision to suspend their exams until their universities obtain a license from it.

The Salvation Government puts pressure on civil institutions, local councils and universities to affiliate with it after the HTS gained total control of the areas following battles with the Free Syrian Army.