Ban on UPNG student leaders stayed


THE University of PNG administration has allowed student leader Kenneth Rapa and 12 others to resume studies.
The 13 student leaders will join the rest of the students to sit for their semester one exams which will commence on Friday.
The university decided to ban the student leaders from attending classes since Aug 9 after issuing them termination notices.
The students obtained an interim order at the Waigani National Court last Thursday to stay the university’s decision on their termination.
The order was served on the university registrar Jennifer Popat and the acting Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs) Prof Mange Matui last Friday.
The university issued resumption forms to the 13 student leaders to resume classes and sit for their exams pending inter-parte hearing on the stay order on Oct 20.
The stay order was granted by Justice Colin Makail after he found that the students had an arguable case.
The university terminated the student leaders on the basis that their actions during the student unrest in May, June and July were detrimental to the interests of the public institution.

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