May 16, 2016

UPNG stuents refused to attend classes today as instructed by the Senate

Students at the University of PNG have refused to return to class and are strategizing to conduct a major awareness throughout Port Moresby this week.

They have instead opted to carrying out awareness after their request for a referendum by the PNG Electoral Commission failed on several occasions.
Student leaders travelled out, over the weekend, to update their sister universities, make awareness and garner support from them on the happenings at the Waigani Campus, as well as the national issues affecting the country.
Students at UPNG stood firm with their theme, "ACT NOW OR NEVER, UPNG FOR PNG.
The students are now intending to carry out awareness among ordinary citizens in public areas such as Gerehu, Boroko, Hohola and other major locations within the city.
A student leader told NBC news at the Waigani campus, students will NOT give up their fight and will continue exercising their rights to freedom of speech and expression as citizens rights of this country.
Meantime, the highest authorities of the University of Papua New Guinea are appealing to the boycotting students to return to classes and allow normalcy among students who wish to return to class.
NBC news tour the campus today and saw administration blocks and Lecture rooms open but students refused to enter the classrooms.
The deadline set by the UPNG Senate lapsed last Friday.
The UPNG Council and the Senate are both making this call after students boycotted classes for two weeks, going towards third this week.
Registrar of UPNG Jennifer Popat in a circular over the weekend highlighted that two weeks of disruption to the academic activities of the University has affected its life in relation to the delivery of its academic programs.
The Registrar said the disruption have resulted in millions of kina losses to the University and its stakeholder, including loss of Learning time to students.
The UPNG Council said the University has no control over the issues raised by the students nor can it participate in such issues because they are before the courts.
After two weeks of no, classes, there appears to be no solution in sight.
The students have maintained their stand not to attend classes.
The students say they will continue their fight unless they present their petition in person to the prime minister Peter O'Neill either at the campus or at Parliament House.