1 May 2013

Nauru students pulled out of University of Goroka amid protests

11:38 am on 1 May 2013

The Nauru Government has pulled five students out of Papua New Guinea's University of Goroka amid concerns protests there could escalate.

Students at the university last week threatened a mass withdrawal from their courses but later presented a 51 point petition to administrators calling for sweeping changes.

It included demands for the resignation of the vice chancellor, for anti-corruption officials to assess the institution, improved student representation, and a reduction in fees.

The five Nauruan students had been taking secondary teacher training courses on scholarships provided by AusAID.

The Nauru Government says it will look to place the student teachers at other institutions.