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March 7, 2021

UNRE Students Boycott, Now in Third Week

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by Edwin Fidelis – EM TV, Lae

Students at the PNG University of Natural Resource and Environment in East New Britain have maintained a standoff from class following an outstanding petition presented to the administration last month.

The boycott has now dragged into its third week with no solution reached.

Yesterday, students mobilised and forced the closure of all administration operations and sealed off all lecture rooms.

Armed policeman from Kerevat were called into the campus today by the admin, forcing students to go to class or they’ll be arrested and locked up.

No arrest were made but student leaders told EM TV News that they won’t attend lectures until their petition is addressed.

The petition presented to the University Council, demanded that the Student Representative Council be reinstated and the mode of teaching must be phased out.

Students today demanded that the Minister for Higher Education, Malakai Tabar, intervene and resolve the issue.

The Graduation ceremony for the institution scheduled for next Friday may be affected if the boycott continues.

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