Union to donate 750,000 shekels for university
Published Monday 23/09/2013 (updated) 23/09/2013 17:32
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Workers in government jobs will donate 5 shekels every month to a fund for higher education to be distributed to Palestinian universities, a union chief said.
Bassam Zakarneh, the head of the government workers’ union, said in a news conference at the entrance of Birzeit University that workers decided to contribute to solving the crisis in Birzeit University out of concern for education in Palestine and in consideration for the difficult economic situation of Palestinians.
The total each month will amount to some 750,000 shekels, he said.
Zakarneh called on Birzeit to cancel an increase in tuition and re-register students who were dismissed during the latest strike. He also called for a meeting between the student council and the university to reach an agreement based on this initiative adding that students feel that each day missed cannot be made up.
“All private sectors, banks, and telecommunications companies are asked to contribute in this university fund,” Zakarneh added.
The head of the student council Adham Safi said the council accepted the initiative.
“We are ready to re-open the doors of the university and resume classes,” Safi said.
“We are waiting for the university’s administration to respond, sign the initiative and move on with this agreement that serves all parties.”