UPNG students

UPNG student leaders attending classes

The students were allowed to attend classes on Thursday, Sept 29. However, they were not allowed accommodation on campus.

The Waigani National Court on Sept 23 allowed the student leaders’ appeal to be heard, and stayed their permanent exclusion.

The stay applied to Livai Kuaken, Arthur Amos, Jamie Sali, Hercules Jim, Alois Kaluwe, Chris Kipalan and Steward Thoke.

UPNG’s administration was also restrained by the court from implementing its decision on Aug 29, which is the permanent exclusion of the students.

Students directed to cooperate with police

Magistrate Cosmas Bidar today issued directions to Brendan Kisa, Elizah Nere, Divina Marus and Frank Luwai to present themselves to the police investigator handling their case and undergo their respective record of interviews.

They were charged on June 27 for the unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The records of interviews of the accused remain outstanding and are needed by the investigation officer to compile his reports which are the Hand-up brief to the court.

WHP students still not home, a month after unrest

According to Radio New Zealand International, students from Tambul-Nebilyer attending the University of Papua New Guinea said they are still waiting for their local MP, Benjamin Poponawa, to assist them with an airline ticket to travel back to Western Highlands.

The UPNG this month cancelled the academic year after unrest which boiled over in June when police opened fire on students trying to march on Parliament in support of a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

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.

UPNG students urged to return to classes

The students have not been attending classes for up to six weeks now after they first boycotted classes on May 2.

Classes were then suspended for an indefinite period by the university council on May 20.

The suspension lasted for 10 days and students were asked to return to classes to continue semester one on June 13, which was a public holiday.

This was so classes would kick off on Tuesday, June 14, while the medical students were told to commence classes on June 6.

PM O’Neill acknowledges receiving UPNG students petition

The student body included students from secondary schools in the national capital as well as the Port Moresby Technical College.

In a media statement shortly after receiving the petition from the students, which was delivered to him by NCD Governor Powes Parkop, the  Prime Minister said,

“I have received the petition from the UPNG Student Representative Council.

“I thank the students for the mature manner in which the petition was presented to my delegation.

PM calls on students to think before acting

“They will not be there for you when you are in trouble.

“Take it from me. I was a victim of outside influence when I was a student at the UPNG.

“I was involved in student protests and strike because people told us that we, students, were the protector of the rule of law and representative of the silent majority.

“When I was in trouble, no one came to rescue me. All the friends and people who influenced me were never there when I needed them.

UPNG students burn newspapers

UPNG Momase student representative Yehingu Humungs told Loop PNG: “We saw the newspapers and saw that the reports were very shallow and biased.

“They are not actual reports of what we students are portraying at the university. That’s why to show our frustration, we went out to the bus stop and burnt those newspapers.

“What we displayed in the morning shows that we have no trust in the media,” the student leader stated.