Yemen deports Indonesian students [Archives:2005/874/Local News]

September 5 2005

SANA'A-(YT) About 80 Indonesian religious students were recently deported by Security authorities; a reliable security source told Yemen times. The students were studying in Religious schools and centers that were formed in violation to the law.

The source confirmed that the students entered Yemen as tourists, and then their visas were illegally changed for study purposes.

These procedures came in the wake of an increase in number of foreign students of African and Asian origin, in the Salafi (scripture) religious schools and institutes.

A sourse told Yemen times that some foreign students are now studying in remote Yemeni areas. In an unprecedented incident, the number of foreign students in the Salafi Damaj institute reached bout 200 students

The governmental measures followed the bloody clashes of Sadaa. The government wants these schools and institutes to be under its direct control as it is skeptic of their curricula content.

This year, the government banned all summer centers, during the school summer vacations, which are outside the sponsorship of educational offices. The ministry of Endowments allocated a sum of a million Yemeni Rials for these summer centers, together with the costs of teaching.

The merger of religious institutes in the ministry of education, which was prior to September 11, aroused controversial debates among the Yemenis. These institutes used to be run by the Muslim brotherhood.

The governmental decision to control summer camps and centers was not fully observed by Islah party leaders. Some of them made centers and camps for Koran teaching in Islah dominated areas. Two centers which were outside the government control wrapped up last Wednesday. Under the leadership of Abdulrahman Al-Imad, one of these concluded in Demt in Ibb governorate. Other two Islah centers, which were also outside government control, were concluded in Marib governorate.

The variation in religious schools and centers is attributed to the diversification in religious creeds and the increase in religious education especially the Whabi creed. It is now taking lead after the close down of the schools of the Shiat , Athna-ashr and Zaidi creeds, following Sadaa events.