University suspends registrar

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By GYNNIE KERO
University of Papua New Guinea registrar Dr Peter Petsul has been suspended for 14 days and asked to show why he should not be terminated, according to Chancellor Jeffrey Kennedy, pictured.
Kennedy yesterday said the decision to suspend Petsul stemmed from a circular he issued which contradicted and undermined the council’s decision not to increase compulsory fees this year.
The university council sat on Friday and came up with the decision for which a letter was issued to Petsul yesterday.
In the notice, Kennedy said: “I make this announcement to the staff and students as the Chancellor of the University of PNG, that the registrar, Dr Peter Petsul, has been suspended for 14 days with full pay starting on Feb 11 (yesterday). During this period, he is given an opportunity to show cause and demonstrate to the council why more drastic actions should not be taken against him.
“This decision was reached after he failed to implement various council decisions, including the decision to rescind the former council’s decision to increase 2019 tuition and boarding and lodging fees and to apply 2018 fee structure in 2019.
“Regrettably, the council acted swiftly to bring order in the management by suspending the registrar for 14 days in which time he will have to show cause for his actions.”

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