UPNG students urged to get court injunction

Graduating students of the University of PNG should take out a court injunction against the institution.

This was the advice from Port Moresby General Hospital’s chief of emergency medicine, Dr Sam Yockopua, regarding the new K600 graduation fee.

“UPNG is robbing the students! It's daylight robbery,” Dr Yockopua, who is also involved in the training of medical students at the Taurama campus, told Loop PNG.

“They should not penalise the students for failures by UPNG or the Government.

“The students are completely innocent. This insanity must stop now.”

However, in a recent interview, UPNG acting chancellor told Loop PNG: “Other universities have that graduation fee while UPNG, in the last 50 years, did not. We are going to start come this graduation.”

He explained that the fees will be used for the staging of the graduation on July 28.

Meanwhile, graduating students are still pursuing the administration to justify the recently imposed K600 graduation fee, which does not include costs of the gown (more than K300) and hood (more than K200).


Carmella Gware