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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Schram wants proper employment visa | PNG online news | PNG real time news | PNG Edge

Original: Schram wants proper employment visa | PNG online news | PNG real time news | PNG Edge
Sally Pokiton on Wed, 03/26/2014 - 16:21

The man in the middle of the whole Unitech saga says he wants a proper employment visa and not a business visa that prohibits employment.

The business visa to be issued to Dr Albert Schram means he will be in the country for a period of time and that type of visa will not allow him to carry out his duties as the vice chancellor of the university.

“I am insisting on a proper employment visa,” Schram told PNG Edge today.

“Apparently, I will be offered a business visa, which prohibits employment. I would be able to come in for a few days, and then would have to leave again. Since I am still employed, I would break the law entering on such a visa,” he says.

Last week saw talks held at the Lae campus between the Minister for Higher Education Delilah Gore, Minister for Justice and Attorney General Kerenga Kua and students, with Kua giving students the assurance that Professor Schram would be issued a visa to return.

Schram says there is no restraining order in his regard instructing him to leave office, nor prohibiting him from carrying out my duties as Vice-Chancellor.

“Don't let this negotiating tactic split the movement or diminish your resolve. ‘No Schram, No School’ means Schram as Vice-Chancellor, not for a few days,’’ he said in an online posting.

He says the government is trying to split the student movement, with the “usual mixture of threats, spreading half-truths in the media, trying to impress the students, delaying tactics, and small concessions’’ trying to keep all their options open.

While students enter the third week of boycotting classes, the question of its university’s annual graduation lies up in the air with a high possibility there may not be one or it will be delayed.

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