Saudi females protest over learning conditions

Students complained they were not able to use mobile phones and campus

Female students in Saudi Arabia gathered this week to protest for better academic conditions in the oil-rich Gulf state.

Demonstrations occurred this Sunday at the University of Tabuk in the north-east of the kingdom, with participating students aiming criticism at what they described as unacceptable behaviour by professors and the need for improved services and assessment.

Students also complained they were not able to use mobile phones and campus and demanded the opening of a dental clinic.

The media spokesman for the university, Dr Naif Al-Jenahi, said in a statement that a number of female first-year students had gathered at the Al-Maseef building and raised their demands with university officials.

Al-Jenahi confirmed that university officials have expressed their understanding of students’ demands. He added that the university’s president, Dr Abdul Aziz Al-Enzi, has asked those in charge to respond immediately.

Last month, at least 53 female students at the kingdom’s King Khaled University called for the improvement of their learning environment.

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