24 Feb 2004

Pregnant students ejected from PNG university

3:58 pm on 24 February 2004

Students at the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea who have fallen pregnant, are being ejected from campus to avoid babies distracting other students.

Pacnews reports that pregnant students have been told to leave because dormitories were not built to accommodate children.

Pro Vice Chancellor, Dr Musawe Sinebare, has confirmed that they've been asked to leave.

Dr Sinebare says dormitories had cubicles for two single students to share and it would be unfair to the other student if one had a child.

He says students should know that the university prohibited accommodating pregnant students.

Dr Sinebare says it was a regulation that had been in place for a long time but had not been enforced by past administrations.