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DHERST has no jurisdiction in UPNG administrative matters
The Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology, Hon. Malakai Tabar, has stated in a press conference today that the ministry and department have no jurisdiction effectively, to impose what should happen on the UPNG governing council; referring to the council’s decision to prematurely terminate the first semester.
Minister Tabar said every university had their own council, and they (council) had the responsibility of administering and dealing with issues in their own institutions.
He also said the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology (DHERST) had the responsibility of overseeing the higher education sector in the country, and is concerned with the continued class boycott by UPNG, the University of Goroka (UOG), University of Technology (Unitech) and University of Natural Resources & Environment (UNRE). He said the situation did not benefit anyone.
Minister Tabar added that as the department responsible for government scholarships and support to student and universities, it is in everyone’s best interest to salvage the academic programs from the boycotting higher learning institutions.
Tabar also said he personally supported the decision by the UPNG council. He said it was in their jurisdiction to take such action as they have the responsibility of salvaging the first semester of 2016. The minister also said he expected the councils of the other universities to do the same.
He further added that it was unfair for administrators of other institutions to comment on the UPNG as they had their own issues to deal with, and should concentrate on dealing and resolving their own institution problems. He said:
“don’t talk about UPNG. UPNG have sat down and thought through what they would like to do, and how they would like to do it, and they are doing it.”
He said other institutions facing the same issue need to also come back to the department and advise them on how they are going to resolve the issues on their campuses.
The continued class boycott by students at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) has subsequently disrupted the whole year’s academic calendar, and according to the minister, the council will have to convene without any intimidation and disturbance to seriously find a way to salvage it.
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