Temporary closure of the universities

10/12/2011
Temporary closure of the universities

Togo Authorities have temporarily shut down the country's two public universities (Lome and Kara) after security forces fired teargas to break up student protests over a new bursary policy.

"Given the gravity of the (protest) acts on the two campuses, and in order to prevent the situation from degenerating, the government decided as of today on the temporary closure of the universities of Lome and Kara," said a government statement.

The government last month introduced a new policy awarding payouts only to brilliant students instead of all scholars as was in the past.

Authorities said the protests led to the destruction of public and private properties in Kara.

Before the introduction of the new regulation, all students received 20,000 cfaF per term.

The two public universities enrol approximately 60,000 students.

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