UNITECH Pro Chancellor Ralph Saulep has condemned statements by Dr Albert Schram supporting the boycotting of classes by students as irresponsible.
He was reacting to Schram’s comments this week praising the students non-violent boycott of classes as “creating a new chapter in the history of the PNG Student movement”. Saulep said that kind of language from an institutional head was unwarranted and irresponsible.
“It is the type of language that incited the violent reaction of students in March 2012 in which the former Chancellor Phillip Stagg was chased, attacked, his vehicle burnt and nearly killed,” he said.
“No responsible government should ever encourage or allow an institutional head to promote the boycotting of classes as a subversive tactic to achieve their objectives, irrespective of whether such boycott is violent or peaceful.”
He called on the Government, the committee of vice-chancellors nationwide and the parents of students to condemn “this irresponsible conduct in the strongest possible terms”. “No employee of the university has any right to call on, encourage or incite staff and/or students to boycott classes as a subversive means of achieving their ends,” he said.
He however said Schram could re-apply when the position of Vice-Chancellor was re-advertised by the university.
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