By Serah Aupong – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) Council has suspended the 2016 Academic Year.
The announcement of the decision was made a short time ago by UPNG Acting Chancellor, Dr. Nicholas Mann.
Other decisions taken by the UPNG Council include the suspension of the Student Representative Council (SRC), rendering it ineffective; and for students to leave the campus by this Saturday.
The decision has raised many questions regarding who will cater for the costs of transporting students back to their home provinces.
UPNG Council says that it does not deal with the sponsorship of students, and their transportation home remains the prerogative of student sponsors.
EMTV News spoke to several first year students, who are unsure of their future at UPNG.
However, the UPNG Council has assured students that there is a process underway to ensure that both first year students this year will not be pushed out by the new UPNG intake in 2017.
With regard to tuition fees for the year, the UPNG Council advised that funding for the first semester had already been used up following the beginning of the boycott, and the viability of refunds for the second semester of this year was currently under discussion.