No death at the University of Goroka: Chancellor

No deaths have been reported following the fight yesterday at the University of Goroka, where 50 students sought medical care at the local hospital.

UOG Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb confirmed with Loop PNG that information circulating on the social media, especially Facebook, is just a rumour.  

“I think those are speculations, like we heard from UPNG last week,” Sukwianomb said. 

He said the brief he received from the UOG vice-chancellor and registrar this morning was, all students were hospitalised but no deaths.      

“Most students injured were from Enga and Western Highlands.

“This morning I was told by the acting vice-chancellor who was with them, they (Enga and Western Highlands students) went across to Mt Hagen in the night, but did not tell me anything about a death,” Sukwianomb said.

The fight yesterday was between Enga and Western Highland students who want to continue with the boycott, while some students from Eastern Highlands and Chimbu want to return to class.

UOG is located in the Eastern Highlands capital, and is the gateway by road to the other Highlands provinces. 

Charles Yapumi