Thu, 04 May 2000

Students hunger for cheap school fees

MAKASSAR, South Sulawesi: Two students of the state-run Hassanudin University staged a hunger strike and hung themselves in front of the university's main gate to demand cheaper school tuition.

M. Syukur and Hambali, both students of the School of Fishery, began their strike on Tuesday after the university decided to raise the fees, which can be paid in three installment in a year.

It was reported on Wednesday that the condition of the two students has worsened.

Syukur told The Jakarta Post that he will continue the strike until the university's rector, Radi A. Gany, retracts the decision. Radi was not available for comment because he was in Malaysia. (27/dja)