UPNG Boycott

Students told to serve UPNG admin

The matter came before Justice David Cannings this afternoon who refused to hear the application as respondents in the application were not served the notice of motion.

This is a fresh proceeding and the motion was filed on June 17. 

Justice Cannings described the ‘non-service’ on the part of the lawyer representing the students as an ‘ambush’ on the respondents.

UPNG Registrar Jennifer Popat is the first respondent, the UPNG Senate is the second respondent while the state is the third respondent.

Traumatised UPNG Solomon Islands students find solace off-campus

Solomon Islands High Commissioner to PNG Barnabas Anga said: "The 43 Solomon Islands students exited the Waigani campus to ease any psychological effects students would develop from the incident at Waigani campus."

 Solomon Islands education embassy attaché Claire Damutalau told Loop PNG they are in constant communication with UPNG administration.

"We are still in constant communication with the school administration before we make any more decision.

Students restrained from further boycotting

The order restrains members of the SRC, including president Kenneth Rapa and the student body, from putting up barricades to block classrooms and lecture theatres, threatening and assaulting enrolled students and university staff.

Justice Collin Makail issued the restraining orders sought by the university on Wednesday morning, only hours after the student confrontation with police, which saw 23 students brought to hospital for injuries.

UPNG academic calendar to be reorganised

Acting-chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann explained that semester one has been seriously compromised therefore the indefinite suspension is in the best interest of the students and the university.

Mann said the academic calendar will be reorganised to cater for the lost weeks of lectures during the boycott and exams, which was scheduled in a week.

He said eventually when the suspension is lifted, the reorganisation of semester one does not compromise semester two.

Health unions plan to support students

NDA secretary Dr Sam Yockopua, who is also the Port Moresby General Hospital’s accident and emergency department chief, told Loop PNG that they will not allow UPNG’s School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) to shut down.

“The SMHS is the only ‘factory’ that produces doctors and dentists in the country. There is no other university.

“The output of doctors’ production is about 40 per year. PNG needs about 200-300 per year to meet the demand. So that number 40 is crucial for us the medical fraternity.”

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More than 50 police vehicles enter UPNG Waigani campus

More than 50 police vehicles entered the University of Papua New Guinea’s main Waigani campus at around 4.45am today.



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Tabar willing to meet with UPNG again: Mellam

Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Malakai Tabar has agreed to meet with the University of PNG students for the second time.



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Tabar willing to meet with UPNG again: Mellam

UPNG vice-chancellor Professor Albert Mellam told students at the Medical Faculty this afternoon: “The SRC wrote a letter to the registrar to seek the university’s assistance in bringing the prime minister and the police commissioner, or their representatives, to the university to receive the petition.

“On the basis of those options, the government decided to have a government team receive the petition. And as we all know, that never happened.

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UPNG calls on Mellam to prove his point

The University of Papua New Guinea students are calling on Professor Albert Mellam to prove his statement or everyone will withdraw from studies.



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UPNG calls on Mellam to prove his point

In a circular released last Friday, vice-chancellor Professor Mellam said: “If students absent themselves for more than two weeks then their continuation… becomes untenable after Friday, May 13, 2016.”

The students haven’t been to class for two weeks now. Since last Monday they have been boycotting classes, calling on Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to step aside and be investigated.

A mass withdrawal will ensue if the administration meets certain conditions set by the students.