Some 3000 students took to the streets in the central Guinean town of Labé to protest conditions at the city's university and general lack of investment in higher education.
"We are the forgotten people of the republic," said one student. "This place does not have what it needs to make it a normal university."
Motivation is low as many students say they believe it is under the table cash not hard work or intellect that wins them high marks. And once students have completed their education, few are likely to find meaningful work afterwards.