4,500 Mosul university students face expulsion

October 10, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Duhok- Mosul university students taking exams, Photo: KirkukNow

Ammar Aziz- Ninawa

An estimated 4,500 students of Mosul University who are currently studying in alternative universities in Duhok, Kurdistan Region, are facing expulsion according to a recent order issued by the Iraqi ministry of Higher Education.

The ministry has called on all those students who were compelled to leave the University of Mosul during the war on ISIS terrorist group and joined Duhok universities to return as soon as possible or face expulsion.

The decision has sparked outrage among the students.

Rabi’ Fazil, a student of Mosul’s college of Law who has been completing his studies at a university in Duhok explained to KirkukNow why he could not return to Mosul.

“Our house had been completely demolished. If we return now we have to rent a house and we can’t afford it. Besides, the security situation is not stable in Mosul”, he said.

our house had been completely demolished. If we return now we have to rent a house and we can’t afford it

After Mosul was controlled by ISIS, the ministry of Higher Education decided to open alternative universities in several other provinces, including Duhok.

The ministry now plans to close down these temporary universities and urge students as well as teachers to return to Mosul.

Out of the 4,500 Mosul University students, the signatures of about 1,200 students have been collected signatures to protest the ministry’s recent decree.

Majid Saido, a student from the Ezidi town of Shingal west of Mosul, says he has already paid 1 million 600 thousand Iraqi dinars in university tuition fees.

“I have a day job in Duhok from which I provide for my family. If I return to Mosul apart from the unstable security there I will not be able to find a job.”

Majid Saido insists that he will not return even if he is to be expelled from university.

Karim Yunis, media director of Mosul university confirmed that “the ministry’s decree will be applied and those who do not return will be expelled”.

The ministry’s decree will be applied and those who do not return will be expelled

Meanwhile, Safwan Bashir, an Iraqi MP from Ninawa province stated that he and 50 other MPs are closely working on the issue, noting that they have “signed a petition to cancel the ministry’s decree”.

 Bashir stressed that the majority of the students live in appalling conditions, indicating that thousands of houses in Mosul and surrounding areas are still destroyed.

Mosul University was established in 1967 and was considered one of the highly-regarded learning institutions in Iraq before the arrival of ISIS.

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