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Houthi minister of education spurs students to ‘leave university’

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The Houthi deputy miniser of higher education spured university students to leave university.

A number of students studying at the University of Saada in north Yemen, expressed their shock at the statements of the Houthi deputy minister of higher education Abdullah Shami, who urged students not to seek knowledge in colleges and universities because “it is not beneficial.”

The Saada media center quoted students at the university as surprised by the ideas emanating from a figure supposed to be interested in encouraging students to pursue higher education.

They reported that the Houthi leader, who was appointed Deputy Minister of Higher Education, made the remarks during an official speech on Monday, while attending a ceremony held by the University for graduate students.

He urged students to seek knowledge in places other than colleges and universities, saying that university learning may not benefit them much.

Al-Shami encouraged the students to fight in the ranks of the Houthi militias and focus on learning of Hussein al-Houthi, who led an insurgency against the government and was killed during the Saada wars.

The students stressed that such statements by the Houthi militias reflected their ignorance of young people and attempt to manipulate them to engage in sectarian wars.