By Andy Sambidge
Education Ministry says some students don't deserve scholarships after joining anti-gov't protests
Bahrain has suspended the scholarships of 10 percent of students studying abroad after they called for the downfall of the ruling family.
The Education Ministry said it had decided to suspend 40 scholarships out of a total of 400 studying abroad at the government's expense.
In comments published by state news agency BNA, Dr Nabeel Al Assoomi, director of Public Relations and Media at the ministry, said the studentshad failed to meet the terms of the scholarships as they had "committed serious illegal and unconstitutional violations".
He added: "The ministry has granted those students scholarships, costing thousands of Bahraini dinars, according to special conditions among which are good conduct and commitment not to harm the country abroad in any way.
"Because they explicitly breached those conditions and called for the downfall of the ruling system, the same system that has allowed them to study at the most renowned world universities...the Ministry has decided to deprive them from a privilege they do not deserve."
The suspension of scholarships will take effect starting from the next academic year as the ministry has already paid the studying expenses for this year.
On Friday, small protests broke out in Bahrain's capital for a planned Day of Rage despite a ban under martial law imposed last week, but were quickly crushed by security forces fanned out across Manama.
Bahrain declared martial law on March 15 after troops from Saudi Arabia and the UAE arrived to help quell protests that have gripped the Gulf state for more than a month.
The army on March 19 demolished the 300ft monument on the Pearl Roundabout in Manama, which had become a focal point for protesters.
They got what they deserved.
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. So much for the claim of the Shi'ite opposition protesters that they are oppressed and are denied opportunities! The Bahraini government also paid for the cancer treatment of one of the opposition leaders in London (Hassan Mashaima).
They asked for it.
How someone would expect that a govt to support people who wants to destroy the country.
Let the Mullas govt in Iran being their supporter to help them.
This is a begining of fair treatment of who loves his/her country and who hates it.
Its absolutely fair that govt has withdrawn financial support for a bunch of ungrateful students. If this is how they are now, there is no point in educating them any further because they will not become sucessful in their respective lives with such attitude ever in their lives. Thank you govt for not wasting any more on these useless fools.