Senegal’s university reopens after months of closure following protests

The Academic Council of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (CADU) decided on Saturday that face-to-face teaching could resume as of Monday, 26 February.

Students have responded – hundreds of them turned up to take classes in person after months of online teaching.

“We’re very happy to be back”, a young woman studying in the literature department told RFI English, “but we don’t know if we will be able to graduate yet, or even to attend exams on time.”

The university is a known centre for political unrest.

But its closure for almost six months has had a devastating impact on students and the entire education system.

However, everyone is not back. The campus still looks empty and most of the dorms are still empty.

Bara Ndiaye, dean of the faculty of medicine says the announcement is good news, even if not all students are present.

“It  caters for 100,000 students and it has been closed for almost ten months,” he told RFI.

Credit: rfi


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