21 Ni-Vanuatu Students Studying In PNG Universities To Be Repatriated

UPNG, Unitech students to return home, University of Goroka attendees remain

By Godwin Ligo

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 12, 2016) – It has been confirmed by both the Acting Director General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yvon Basil, and the Director General of the Ministry of Education, Jesse Dick, that 21 Vanuatu students studying at two universities in Papua New Guinea are being repatriated.

They are expected to arrive in Port Vila on Wednesday this week from Port Moresby via Honiara.

Twelve are the undergraduates at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and 9 others are students studying at the Lae University of Technology (UNITECH).

Last Friday the Ministry of Education said the students from these universities were waiting for a decision from the Papua New Guinea Tertiary Admissions and Scholarships Division under the Department of Higher Education in Papua New Guinea.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, the 21 students being repatriated back to Vanuatu and the process of their repatriation starts today.

Some of them are sponsored under the bilateral agreement between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu Governments, while others by the Australian and New Zealand Governments.

The 25 students studying at Goroka University are said to be continuing with their studies as the University continues with its academic programs.

The Daily Post understands that this is the same with the Ni-Vanuatu students studying at the Medical Faculty of Papua New Guinea.

A man reported to be a student died at the Lae University of Technology after a group of men said to be made up of outsiders and students entered the dormitory in the Campus compound, according to the University Vice-Chancellor Albert Schram, who was quoted by the Pacific Beat.

The students’ boycott of classes in the Universities began in May 2016, after the students were unhappy with the government and the students demanded for Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neil, to step down, over alleged corruption.

The student protests and clashes with the Police saw many protestors hospitalized with serious wounds, university buildings set on fire and the UPNG main administration entrance chained at one point of time.

Both Vanuatu Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education said they will confirm flight time of arrival sometime today, before the arrival of the students back in Port Vila tomorrow.

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