The National, Friday 24th May 2013
ISSUES at the National Polytechnical Institute (NPI) in Lae has been viewed as both an administrative matter despite its spiraling out of control into a criminal matter after police intervened last Saturday after violence erupted on campus.
Morobe’s senior professional assistant for education services Berei Kalo said this when addressing students who presented their second petition to the governing council and administration.
NPI acting director Graham Bidang, chairman of the governing council Kila Vuivagi, council member Oseah Philemon and Lae metropolitan commander Supt Iven Lakatani also witnessed the presentation of the petition.
Kalo said the fight which erupted after a student was implicated initially with family members of a lecturer and the displeasure expressed by the student body in the first petition regarding their welfare and deteriorating conditions of the institute’s infrastructure, were administrative matters which should have been addressed earlier on.
He called for the investigations which would be carried out by the police and the administration separately to be hastened so that the students could get back to classes, which was their primary goal.
Vuivagi commended the students for their peaceful approach.