21 Mar 2007

PNG Government moves to take over national universities

2:26 pm on 21 March 2007

Papua New Guinea's Government is moving to take control of public universities in the country following the unrest in recent months at those institutions.

The newspaper, The National, reports that legislative changes are being mooted which would allow the Government, through the Minister for Higher Education, to intervene directly in unrests at the universities.

The Higher Education Minister, David Basua, says he has made a submission for amendments to the Higher Education Act which will give him more powers to act in times of crisis at a university.

Mr Basua says that currently the minister does not have any powers under the existing law.

He cited the recent case of the unrest at the PNG University of Technology, where students wanted him to intervene but he couldn't because he didn't have the power.

The details would soon be presented to the NEC for endorsement.