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SUVA, Fiji Islands (July 23, 2000 – Fiji Sun/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---The University of the South Pacific has denied claims that the institution is experiencing mass resignations from academics due to Fiji's political crisis, the Fiji Sun reports.

Rumors that lecturers and professors are leaving the country have been brushed aside.

Faxed questions to the Registrar, Sarojini Pillay, remained unanswered.

However, sources from USP have said that resignations have been coming from all departments and not just from lecturers and professors.

"It's not a secret that some lecturers have resigned and have left but that hasn't put USP in a critical situation," one of the sources said.

"The resignations have been coming from all departments. It's a mix and not just one particular race," said the source.

Many students have, however, highlighted their insecurity in their academic future.

An informed university source told Pasifik Nius there had been 31 resignations. However, academics were in a minority and the number included staff who were not renewing their contracts. The resignations were not expected to have a negative impact on the second semester teaching program.

Title -- 2853 FIJI: USP denies mass resignations Date -- 23 July 2000 Byline – None Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Fiji Sun, 22/7/00 Copyright – FS Status -- Unabridged

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