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USP students and alumni submit petition to Education Minister

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 17/06/2020

A petition signed by some students and alumni of the University of the South Pacific in Tonga has been delivered to the Minister for Education and Training calling on the minister and other Tongan representatives on the USP Council to condemn the Executive Committee’s suspension of Vice Chancellor Pal Ahluwalia, which has led to protests from staff and students of the university.

The petition urged the minister who is the Tongan representative on the USP Council, to make a bold statement condemning the blatant misconduct from the Executive Committee, and to stand in solidarity with USP Student Association in demanding the resignation of the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Council, and the chair of the audit and risk committee, while reinstating the Vice Chancellor.

Radio & TV Tonga News has not received any official statement by the Tongan ministry of education regarding the matter, although in an earlier interview with the Director of USP Tonga Campus – Dr. Robin Havea says the issue with the Vice Chancellor has had little impact on the campus’ operations, and that they are delivering its service to its major stakeholders – the students, without any hindrance.

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