UPNG to review attendance record

The National,Thursday June 16th, 2016

THE University of Papua New Guinea will tomorrow review the record of student attendance this week to decide the fate of Semester One and the 2016 academic year.
Acting Chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann told The National yesterday that the university council was expecting a report on the number of students resuming classes and those continuing the boycott.
“I am expecting a report on the attendance of students from Vice-Chancellor Professor Albert Mellam by Friday (tomorrow),” Mann said. “We will assess the report and decide on what we can do. If a good number wanted to continue, then it would be good. But, if a small number wanted to continue, then we have to re-assess how viable it will be to continue the semester in regards to resources.”
He said there was a court order restraining the Student Representative Council and the general student body from harassing students who wanted to attend classes, barricading or blocking the lecture room doors, or conducting any forum at the campus.
“Students who wanted to disrupt classes will be in contempt of court and we appeal to those students who want to go to school to go ahead,” he said.
Mann said the campus was quiet and the situation calm.
“On Tuesday, only a handful of students showing their sympathy to their fellow students admitted at the hospital painted themselves with mud. But there is no major disruptions,” he said.
SRC president Kenneth Rapa said the decision to continue the boycott was made by individual students and not the SRC.