Minister dissolves UOG academic year

By on September 15, 2015
Gazelle MP, Malakai Tabar

Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Minister.

The Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology (HERST), Hon Malakai Tabar, has taken a hard stand against students at the University of Goroka (UOG) who have refused to resume classes after the suspension of vice chancellor (VC), Dr Gairo Onagi, Post Courier (September 15) reports, by dissolving the academic year.

This will affect 1st to 3rd year students who will be asked to leave the campus while 4th year students will remain to complete the year.

The move comes after several attempts to get the students to resume classes which included the suspension of the VC and even a court order. Unfortunately, the students defied the order and opted to continue the boycott.

Meanwhile, The National (September 15) reports UOG SRC president, Chris Ambai and female’s representative, Regina Laima, were arrested for staging an illegal protest and unlawful assembly.

According to Eastern Highlands PPC, Supt John Kale, the pair are facing multiple charges including alleged unlawful assembly, escaping police custody and contempt of court.

The UOG class boycott started in early August and was not resolved in a timely fashion resulting in the minister intervening on September 1, hoping to restore normalcy to the university. Unfortunately, the students refused to end the standoff which resulted in the academic year being dissolved.


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