Independent decision to uplift termination, says UPNG professor

It was an independent decision by the University of Papua New Guinea Council to uplift its termination of the 2016 teaching and learning calendar.

UPNG acting pro vice-chancellor, Professor Mange Matui, said this on the Nau talkback program on TVWan yesterday.

"The decision was made by the schools (schools of science, medicine, social science, law and business) to the Senate, and Senate considered everything put on the table and evaluated the matter to the council.

"The University of Papua New Guinea is an autonomous entity, autonomous in running its own activities but from time to time, under the new Higher Education Act passed in 2014, allows Higher Education Ministry and Minister for Higher Education to come in,” said Professor Matui.

UPNG acting chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann said after the 11 weeks, classes were terminated to give time to students to recover. The environment is now conducive for classes to resume on September 5.

SRC New Guinea Islands representative Alois Kaluweh said it's a relief to return to studies.

UPNG classes were terminated after two months of students’ protests, for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to step down from office, turned violent.

Charles Yapumi