College students ask for allowance
Imam A’zam college students have protested and asked for a 100 thousand Iraqi dinars allowance.
Late last year, the Kirkuk Provincial Council decided to spend student allowances reaching 100 thousand ids per student for the institutions under the Higher Education Ministry in Kirkuk.
On April 24, Imam A’zam college students launched a protest to be included in the allowance distribution, although they do not belong to the Higher Education Ministry.
“We urge the KPC to include us in the allowance distribution, because we really need it,” Hind Muhamad said, who is one of the student protestors. Sarmad Abdulhamid, another student protestor said, “Many of our students are poor and need this allowance.”
In October 2011, the KPC decided to spend 10 billion ids from the petro-dollar budget for a monthly student allowance, but the allowance has yet to be distributed.
Nejat Hussein, a member of the KPC said, “I’m not sure if the allowance includes Imam A’zam students or not, since they do not belong to the Higher Education Ministry.” He added, “We’ll discuss this matter in KPC sessions.”
Imam A’zam College is one of the Sunni Waqf (Religious Affairs) colleges specializing in studying the principles of Islam.
Salam Ansari – Kirkuk Now