INDEED a man-induced tsunami is hitting University of PNG at present.
The two daily newspapers last week reported the UPNG interim council members’ appointment by the Minister for Department of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (DHERST).
Interesting developments are unfolding.
From reliable sources, the process of appointing a vice-chancellor for UPNG began late last year.
The top post is supposed to be occupied by the appointee before the academic year begins in mid-February this year.
The minister’s appointment of an interim council members at this stage is not going down well for all the stakeholders (staff, students, parents, sponsors, etc…)
Using the DHERST Act 2014 to oversee and run the affairs of UPNG is not a best way forward for the University.
UPNG should be an independent public institution and should be governed by its own Act.
The DHREST Act provided space for political interference unfortunately, hence the dilemma.
Can the former top management (currently sidelined) or UPNG National Academic Staff Association (Nasa) clarify the issue at hand for all stakeholders’ interest please?