Burkina Faso’s two main public universities, the Ouagadougou University and Ouaga II University, are set to go on a 48-hour strike starting March 12, 2015 to demand better living and working conditions, official sources said Wednesday.
“The Burkina Faso National Students’ Association (ANEB) urges all students in both universities to observe a 48-hour strike between March 12 to 13, with a sit-in at the presidency of both universities, to demand for better living and working conditions,” the statement issued by the students’ body said.
ANEB said since the implementation of the Structural Adjustment Programs in 1990s, the situation of students in Burkina Faso’s public universities “has continued to deteriorate from year to year and it has now reached catastrophic proportions.”
The students complained of lack of proper infrastructure and lecturers and the fixing of quotas of student loans as well as meals.
In addition, the students were also incensed by the “Degree- Masters-Doctorate” education program that was introduced in 2009, and which the students said was not adapted to the realities on the ground.
On Feb. 25 and 26, 2015, students from the two universities went on a 48-hour strike to demand the satisfaction of their demands.
According to ANEB, university authorities have remained deaf and silent to the students’ agitations.
“This situation of ignoring our legitimate demands requires more determination and perseverance from us so that all our needs can be addressed,” the statement concluded. Enditem