Arab Today, arab today more freedom at libyan university but little change
Last Updated : GMT 10:38:03
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

More freedom at Libyan university, but little change

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today More freedom at Libyan university, but little change

Tripoli - AFP

Portraits of toppled Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi may no longer adorn the walls of Tripoli University, but it is likely to be a long time before new values and higher standards become entrenched there. The signature red, black and green of the 2011 revolt that put an end to 42 years of stifling dictatorship now decorate the corridors. And inside the classrooms, things are also beginning to look a little different. The curriculum no longer expounds on the slain dictator\'s views on politics, the military and economics -- which were outlined in his \"Green Book\" manifesto and fleshed out over endless speeches that were then documented in annual tomes. Although it may take many years to revamp the system completely, the culture is slowly shifting. For starters, dissent is now tolerated and no longer lands people in jail. \"The main change is that we now have freedom of expression and we can demonstrate,\" said law student Nauroz Said. Political science professor Ahmed al-Atrash says the university now allows demonstrations but it is also making efforts to promote the concepts of civilised expression and organised protest in order to avoid major disruptions. \"We don\'t know the ABCs of democracy,\" said Atrash, who tries to promote the idea of \"civilised, democratic dialogue\" in his classroom. Such lessons matter greatly in a country where freedom of expression was virtually non-existent. Finally unshackled, many Libyans -- and that includes students 00 are clamouring to have their voices heard and demands met. Small, unruly and sometimes armed rallies are part of the capital\'s rhythm. And in the eastern city of Benghazi, which spearheaded last year\'s uprising, mass demonstrations in favour of a national army and against armed groups of former rebels captured world headlines. Mahmud Ramadan, an agriculture professor who ran in the July elections for a national assembly, insists that a stable government and a change in mentality are necessary if the higher education system is to be reformed. \"Some people think freedom means they can do anything... (but) democracy has rules,\" said Ramadan, recalling how the dean of his faculty resigned this year after students revolted during an exam. He said a major challenge is uprooting a culture of free passes and the distribution of rewards such as scholarships and jobs on the basis of personal connections, \"wasta\" in colloquial terms. In the past, those who were close to Kadhafi\'s regime advanced more easily through the system, Ramadan said. Today it is those who fought in the revolution who expect the scholarships and easy passes. \"Education is education -- you cannot pass it until you pass it,\" he said. The new education authorities say they want more scholarships and programmes focused on language and computer training, skills necessary in a country where hopes of economic development are pinned on the oil and private sectors. With new bureaucracy, old corruption and 530,000 university students to accommodate, the deputy minister of higher education said his department has its work cut out. \"There are slow changes,\" Fathi Akkari told AFP, adding that the first challenge his department had to overcome was the return of thousands of students whose education was disrupted during the conflict. \"We have many problems that we cannot sort out in one year,\" he stressed. Professors note that favouritism, cheating and underqualified staff became engrained in the sector over four decades, and warn that it could take an entire generation before such vices are finally stamped out. But many students are already growing restless, and say that they are not receiving the education they deserve. \"They have mapped out steps (to improve education), but they haven\'t taken them,\" said Ziyad Belazi, a medical student. Elham Fawzi, who is also studying medicine, added: \"The first thing we want is to change the labs and bring in the right teachers.\" Fawzi sees English -- which was not on the syllabus under Kadhafi -- as key to getting a good job. Without it, Fawzi worries that she will end up unemployed. \"I didn\'t study for years to sit at home,\" she said, concerned about high jobless rates among young people in the North African nation. Law student Said agreed. Although there may be more wiggle room on the expression front, education methods remain stuck \"in the same routine,\" she lamented.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today more freedom at libyan university but little change Arab Today, arab today more freedom at libyan university but little change

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today more freedom at libyan university but little change Arab Today, arab today more freedom at libyan university but little change

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation
Arab Today, arab today Barcelona through George Orwell’s eyes

GMT 13:44 2017 Friday ,20 October

Barcelona through George Orwell’s eyes
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Residents get glimpse of Raqa in ruins

GMT 07:10 2017 Saturday ,21 October

Residents get glimpse of Raqa in ruins
Arab Today, arab today Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge

GMT 11:26 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today World's deepest lake in peril

GMT 15:54 2017 Friday ,20 October

World's deepest lake in peril
Arab Today, arab today Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action

GMT 10:54 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action
Arab Today, arab today Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'

GMT 16:07 2017 Friday ,20 October

Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Sweden to get biggest car factory

GMT 14:10 2017 Friday ,20 October

Sweden to get biggest car factory
Arab Today, arab today Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars

GMT 06:56 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

Mercedes says recalls 400,000 UK cars
Arab Today, arab today Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role

GMT 08:15 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role
Arab Today, arab today Massacre fears spark race

GMT 19:09 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Massacre fears spark race

GMT 08:57 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Actress Shery Adel happy for Egypt’s qualification

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:00 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 09:56 2017 Friday ,20 October

Privacy Groups Warn of Perils

GMT 06:49 2017 Tuesday ,17 October

EasyJet, Lufthansa among seven to bid

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 20:46 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday