UPNG SRC work on stay order for suspension of classes

The University of Papua New Guinea Student Representative Council (SRC) is working to get a stay order for the suspension of classes.

The university council on Tuesday suspended classes for an indefinite period and the students were told to vacate campus within 48 hours.

The SRC have notified that they are working around the clock to get a stay order for the suspension of classes and to remove the police presence on campus.

In a notice from the SRC circulated throughout the campus, the administration will not remove them from campus unless and until the following demands by the students are met by Thursday, May 26.

They demand that both the Office of Higher Education pocket and book allowances be given in cash to the students, all return airplane tickets are ready, all bond fee of K250 be reimbursed and all overpayment of school fees must be reimbursed.

The university council has clarified that the reimbursement of funds will not be done because the academic year has not been terminated and that the financial year will end at the end of semester two.

Acting-chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann stated that classes will resume once the situation returns to normal.

The suspension will allow the UPNG administration to reorganise and restructure semester one. This will also lead to the restructuring of semester two.

An announcement will be released once the administration decides when to resume classes.

Students now have less than 24 hours to vacate campus.

The campus was quiet today with only a few students seen outside their dormitories and around campus with police presence on ground.

Quintina Naime