16 Nov 2005

Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of University of Papua New Guinea both sacked

11:40 am on 16 November 2005

The Chancellor and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea have been sacked by order of the National Executive Council.

The NEC met on Friday and accepted a recommendation from a committee appointed to investigate the student protest in July, that Chancellor Andrew Yauieb and Vice-Chancellor Prof Leslie Eastcott should go.

The Higher Education Minister Don Polye, who announced the sackings on Monday says that Registrar Vincent Malaibe and Bursar Edward Croake would be removed from the central administration.

Wanita Wakus of the Post Courier newspaper says the communication between the university administration and the students was deemed unsatisfactory.

Ms Wakus says the administration had problems with its students.

"The administration and the students weren't getting along together because during the inquiry, the inquiry found that the students had some allegations against the administration. So that was a conflict there, so they couldn't keep the administration there to carry out the recommendations that the inquiry came up with."