THE University of Technology continues to keep former Vice-Chancellor Dr Albert Schram on its payroll despite the cancellation of his work permit, it has been revealed.
He told The National yesterday from Australia yesterday that he had been barred from entering the country.
“I have never been legally dismissed, and I am on Unitech payroll,” he said.
“They run their own payroll system. The council is responsible not the Office of Higher Education or the Government,” Schram said.
“The solution to ending the Unitech saga is staring everybody in the face.”
He urged the Government to lift the travel ban and grant him an employment visa “since I am legally employed by Unitech and on the payroll and there are no legal obstacles for them to do so”.
Schram said in the past few months, the council under Chancellor Sir Nagora Bogan, staff organisations and the Students Representative Council had been calling for his return.
“There were many opportunities to stop the students from boycotting classes but the Government has missed the opportunity to prevent it,” he said.
“I never encouraged the students to boycott classes and I do not control the student movement.
“I strongly encourage the students to be non-violent at all times.
“I came to PNG to provide leadership and management for Unitech. And I hope soon I will be allowed to do so again.”
Meanwhile, a team from the Office of Higher Education travelled to Lae to talk to students, staff and management.
The delegation led by OHE director David Kavanamur could not meet the students who decided to continue their boycott of classes.
Kavanamur was booed while addressing a student rally despite his assurance that the OHE was on the students’ side.
He told the students that the matter was before the Supreme Court and the Government could not meet their demands right now. The National
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