Tuesday, November 15, 2005

University Déja Vu?

The University of Papua New Guinea has an Aussie Vice Chancellor who wanted to raise standards so he set stricter grading standards. That pissed off the Uni students who claimed it was unfair.

They then went on a riot and tussled with the police. Some were injured, cars torched and classes suspended. All these happened sometime in July this year.

The PNG Education Minister formed a committee to look into the matter and come up with some recommendations. It certainly just did, with the recommendation being the sacking of the Aussie VC and the entire 33 person university council.

The committee's report recommended the Aussie be sacked as his presence will cause continued unrest. It then proposed that the new vice chancellor should be a Papua New Guinean, who need not be selected purely on academic qualifications alone.

Hmmm, sounds familiar, doesn’t it!

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