12 Mar 2014

Unitech students in PNG's Lae united in boycott move

10:44 pm on 12 March 2014

A student leader at the University of Technology in Lae in Papua New Guinea is adamant that students will not return to classes unless the former vice chancellor, Dr Albert Schram, is re-instated.

Dr Schram was removed and deported just on a year ago just months into his tenure at the university.

His removal sparked violence on the campus and led to a government inquiry but he has not returned to Unitech.

A member of the Student Representative Council, Stanley Kombra Tepoka, says the boycott of classes called for by his body has unanimous support from students.

"There is no one going into classes. All classes are being stopped. Yesterday [Tuesday] we blocked down the admin - admin is shut. We want to see Dr Albert Schram coming in and opening the school and we want to hold class with him. Not anybody, apart from him."

Stanley Kombra Tepoka.

Attempts to reach the university's administration have been unsuccessful.