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Monday, 7 April 2014

Unitech back to school after boycott (PNG Edge)

Original by Sally Pokiton on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 06:07

From left to right: Eddie Nagual (SRC President), Paulina Schram (VC's Wife), Dr. Albert Schram (Vice-Chancellor) and Prof. Atkins (Chair of the Welcoming Committee)

Formal classes for week five will start at Unitech today in what is supposed to be the ninth week of the academic year.

This will see students engaging in make-up classes and if possible nine classes for some while the mid semester break and semester break will not be observed.

Last Friday saw the university return to normal life after four weeks of boycott resulting in the annual graduation normally held in March being deferred.

SRC president Eddie Nagual says the next step now for the students is ensure recommendations of the Sevua Inquiry are published publicly and those involved in the former council face the full force of the law.

“We will push for those people to go behind bars because I feel the next president might not have the same student support and we want to complete it all before our term is up,” says Nagual.

Meanwhile Unitech councillor Sir Nagora Bogan says this year’s graduation will go ahead with the graduation committee to decide a date.

“We are looking forward to the graduation of the students because we want the institution to run. The graduation will go ahead; I think we’ve saved the academic year so graduation will definitely go ahead but the date has been postponed,” says Minister for Higher Education Delilah Gore.

Gore says legal issues with threats from Dr Ralph Saulep to challenge the court decisions on Dr Schram’s return will be worked on by the government counsel.

“Let the school go ahead, we want the institution to go ahead with classes,” says Gore.

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