10 May 2019

Allegations of mismanagement at USP

3:51 pm on 10 May 2019

Allegations of serious cases of mismanagement and abuse of process have surfaced at the University of the South Pacific involving its former vice chancellor and president.

USP's Suva campus

USP's Suva campus Photo: wikicommons

Islands Business reported that a document has questioned the allegedly speedy appointments and contract renewals for at least 11 senior members of the university staff - most of them Fiji nationals working at the main campus in Suva.

The document also raised questions about the payments of professional and development leave, as well as the deferment to this year, of back pay due to the former vice chancellor.

The document stated that the university is now concerned that it might be cited for tax evasion by Fiji's tax authorities as a result of the deferred back payment.

Islands business reported all parties involved including the university and the Ministry of Education have yet to comment on the allegations.

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