We have nothing to hide over funding: SRC president

The National,Wednesday June 15th, 2016

STUDENTS at the University of Papua New Guinea say they have nothing to hide on how they funded their protests and awareness around the country.
Student Representative Council president Kenneth Rapa was responding to a statement by Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari that an independent investigation team should find out where the students received funding from to conduct their protests and awareness campaigns.
“We have nothing to hide from anyone including the Prime Minister and the Chief Secretary,” Rapa said.
“It’s a fight students take full ownership of for themselves and we have nothing to hide. If we believe in what we stand for, then we must use what we have to fight for what is right.”
“The SRC account has been frozen so our provincial groups are very supportive and use resources available to conduct awareness in their own provinces.”
Meanwhile, he said the decision to continue the boycott of classes was up to individual students.
Rapa denied a report in The National yesterday that the SRC had decided to continue the boycott despite the university council’s lifting of the 10-day suspension.
“The SRC has been restrained by the court order obtained by the university and we respect the court and the rule of law in this country because this was what we have been fighting for,” he said.
“We have to show that respect and exemplify our fight for justice.
“I would like to make it clear that the students have decided for themselves to boycott or resume classes – not the SRC as reported yesterday.”