UPNG student leaders’ accommodation issue back in court

Twenty-five student leaders who were denied accommodation at the UPNG Campus have gone back to the Waigani National court with a motion regarding their boarding and lodging privilege.

The student leaders’ appeals were successful before the UPNG Appeals Committee in Oct, allowing them to return to class.

The decision came after the National Court had earlier issued a stay order against their respective permanent exclusion from studies in August.

But they have not been allowed boarding and lodging on campus, something the University of Papua New Guinea said is a privilege which it cannot accord the students after their alleged involvement in the student boycott and unrest between June and July.

UPNG said accommodation is a privilege despite the students paying their boarding and lodging fees.

Their lawyer, Ramsey Pariwa, returned before Justice Collin Makail today with a notice of motion which he filed against the university on the issue of accommodation.

Justice Makail told parties to prepare for a trial and adjourned the matter to the morning of Jan 31, 2017.

However, the students said outside court that the adjournment is too long and the issue of accommodation will no longer be an issue as the second semester of the 2016 academic year would be over by then.

(Loop PNG file picture of the students)

Sally Pokiton