By Staff Reporter
January 11, 2020 (Ezega.com) -- At least one student was killed and several others wounded in ethnic skirmish at Hawassa University, increasing the death toll in Ethiopian universities to 12 since classes began in October last year.
Speaking to journalists, the head of the university’s president office Ayele Adato said a student who had been majoring Natural Sciences division was killed in main the campus of the university amid clashes between students.
The body of the student was sent back to Weldiya, the birthplace of the dead student after it underwent the necessary check-ups at Minilik II hospital in Addis Ababa.
The conflict was caused after two students entered into disputes Ayele said adding the universities along with the police are investigating the source of the dispute.
He said the federal police have so far apprehended 44 students who were allegedly involved in the killing and wounding of students. Ayele did not mention the victim by name and the number of students injured.
Classes have continued even though the Hawassa university communities feel sad over the death of the student, he said.
The ethnic skirmish occurred as students of the university were preparing for the first-semester exam scheduled to take place as of next Monday.
Ethnic-based clashes on university grounds continue to claim lives of students even though the country’s Ministry of Science and Higher Learning Institutions has taken different measures including firing and suspending of students, administrative staff and instructors.
Some university students who were approached by Ezega.com appreciated the measures taken by the Ministry but doubted if the administrative actions were taken on the actual perpetrators.
Some universities, including Dire Dawa University, has suspended classes for an unspecified period of time after a student was killed. The university’s president on Thursday resigned from his post due to the same problem.
In a recent statement, the Ethiopian Science and Higher Learning Institutions disclosed that it suspended 170 university students from classes for alleged involvement in protracted ethnic-based attacks across 22 campuses of the country.
“Those students who were involved in the killing and wounding of students will face justice as administrative measures against suspects of violence will continue in a strengthened manner,” said Dr. Samuel Kifle at the time, the State Minister of Science and Higher Learning Institutions.
Meanwhile, Jimma University has taken administrative measures on 51 students who allegedly distracted the teaching and learning activity of the university.
Similarly, Wello University has taken similar measures against 332 students, two administrative workers, and one instructor, with penalties ranging from one-year to total suspension.
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