Schools, universities suspended in Tunisia after unrest

January 11, 2011 9:51 am 

TUNIS, Jan. 11 — Tunisia announced Monday the suspension sine die of schools and higher education institutions as of Jan. 11 following the recent social unrest that plagued the country for the third consecutive week.

The communique jointly released on Monday by the ministries of education and higher education and scientific research said that exams currently underway in some higher education institutions will also be postponed.

Resumption of classes and examinations will be announced later, added the communique.

The announcement came just after Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali gave an address in which he announced measures to promote employment among university graduates, pledging to create some 300,000 jobs by the end of 2011.

Ben Ali also slammed in his address extremists and terrorist parties behind the unrest which left 14 people dead in the western towns of Thala and Kasserine on Sunday. (PNA/Xinhua)

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