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Thursday, 21 March 2013

UNITECH Boycott Ends, Probe Starts - EM TV

UNITECH Boycott Ends, Probe Starts - EM TV (video in link)

Students at the University of Technology in Lae have ended a two and a half week boycott as the investigation into the affairs of the university begins. The announcement by the Student Representative Council, was made in the presence of the head of the investigation team, former Judge Mark Sevua.

In a public address yesterday, Mark Sevua said issues relating to finances, the performance of the former Management and council will all be examined. This is the first positive   news the students have heard since announcing a boycott over a week ago.   

The investigation team has also sought to have suspended vice chancellor, Dr. Albert Schram allowed back into the country. Schram was deported twice in two months. Papua New Guinea immigrations said he “did not have the appropriate papers to allow him entry.” An official request has been signed by the Director of the Office of Higher education. “It would be a travesty of justice if Dr. Schram is not attending this investigation to clear allegations against him relating to his academic qualification.”

Albert Schram’s return is not a guarantee that he will be eventually reinstated as vice chancellor. The government has maintained a view that Schram has been terminated and will remain as such. The Sevua led  investigating team  include Mathew Tamutai, a Mt. Hagen based Private Lawyer, Janelle Wai,  a police fraud investigator and Peter Aigilo, former  police commissioner and a Lae based business executive.

There has also been some positive movement in Waigani since the David Arore, the former Higher education minister stepped aside following his corruption related arrest. Member for Kandep, Don Polye has taken his place his first request since taking office this week has been that the students return to class. 
The Student representative council has since announced an end to the boycott.

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