Lae’s Polytech Students Boycott Classes


By Colleen Barilae – EM TV, Lae

Students at Lae’s Polytechnic Institute have boycotted class, since last week, following complaints raised over the deteriorating state of facilities.

The boycott was aimed at attracting the administrative attention to address their concern.

SRC President, Garry Gumembi, says the students will maintain their standoff despite the institute going into the mid-semester of studies.  

More than half of the institution’s 1,800 students, armed with placards mobilised to show their frustrations towards the administration over the deteriorating state of the institution.

The standoff began last week and has hauled into its second week after calls made by the SRC committee to the administration has not been considered. A petition stating their demands was presented to the administration.

This morning’s protest has prompted a response from the administration.

The administration assured the students that a committee will be set up to take on the students’ concerns raised in the petition.

The boycott comes two weeks after the University of Natural Resource and Environment in East New Britain, also boycotted classes for a month following complaints raised over deteriorating infrastructures.

As the protests continue at Polytech, students say they won’t go to class until their concerns are addressed.

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