UPNG TEACHERS TO START SCHOOL EARLY

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (November 18, 1999 – The National)---Members of the University of Papua New Guinea teaching staff have been instructed to be on campus early for the new academic year.

This is to accommodate the remedial term of five weeks, which will be conducted to replace the third term lost when the campus closed over widespread protests against the 25 per cent fee increase.

All teaching staff members are therefore urged to be at the campus well before January 21, 2000, when classes begin, acting Vice Chancellor Dr. Cecelia Nembou said in a circular.

According to the circular, a contingency plan has been put in place by the Academic Board to address the premature termination of the third term of the 1999 academic year.

She said all staff should review their end-of-year leave arrangements so that they can return in early January for classes, which are to begin by the third week of the month.

The 2000 academic program will comprise four terms instead of the usual three.

This means all staff will have to compile the marks for work already done in courses by the students and submit them with the names of the respective students, with their registration numbers and the course materials, to the relevant deans.

Dr. Nembou said this must be done before the deans go on leave.

Staff who have resigned, are completing their contracts or are going on approved research, are also urged to fulfill their required duties and to make arrangements with other staff to teach their courses next year, she said.

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