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Date Posted: Tue, Feb 26 2008, 10:54:40am
In reply to: SB 's message, "Unitech situation messy" on Fri, Feb 22 2008, 08:36:20pm

Extract from todays national... not a good sign???

3 more Unitech lecturers resign
THE University of Technology in Lae is headed for another crisis after more teaching staff resigned, leaving the campus acutely short of lecturers.
Three dissenting long-serving senior academics have resigned between last Wednesday and yesterday.
Classes began yesterday but the mood was gloomy.
In one class, students who turned up were reportedly told by a lecturer yesterday morning to “go to the Chancellor to be taught”.
Some lecturers were not in classes, preferring instead to wait in their offices for the court decision on the appointment of a new council.
The Government sacked the entire Unitech council led by Chancellor Philip Stagg and appointed an interim one led by Sir Nagora Bogan, but this decision was last week stayed by the National Court.
Although students were given their class schedules, some remained anxious.
The academics said they will not stand by and see unfair treatment, nepotism, corruption and malpractices perpetrated by the university administration.
They accused the administration of “derailing the visions of the university by appointing cohorts, cronies and in-laws to positions without proper process”.
“There seems to be very little regard for quality at this university,” one said.
The trio’s resignation brings to 20 the number of academics that have left since September last year. The three have each served more than 10 years and have a wealth of experience.
Their resignations, coming on the first day of the academic year, dimmed the optimism expressed by Vice-Chancellor Misty Baloiloi.
Dr Baloiloi had made assurances that heads of departments were prepared to start the new academic year.
But yesterday, Jimmy Keake, a senior technical instructor from the Mathematics and Computer Science department tendered his resignation.
The deputy head of the Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering, Joseph Fisher resigned last Wednesday.
Mr Fisher said in an e-mail to NASA and all university staff: “I will not be scared by court orders that restricted the rights of the union (which was) standing up against corruptions and malpractices.
“I am protesting because I care more about the future of this university.”
Their resignations, including that of business studies academic Paul Harry, were handed to the registrar.
Their mood was that they would not work under the current administration and council because they had no confidence in them.
A senior lecture and deputy head of department wrote: “… I feel that the environment is no longer conducive for me to continue to work. There is so much animosity among the council and the senior management and the general staff that quality of work life here has deteriorated … ”
They said that they were resigning because they had seen that many good working staff members had been treated unfairly in which “their rights have been eroded”.
The university administration was tight-lipped yesterday when contacted for comments on the resignation.

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Date Posted: Tue, Feb 26 2008, 03:37:12pm

SB, i think there as to be a good understanding on this issue, meaning, inside out of the reasons behind. I had a chat with one senior mgt last time and he was reluctant to answer few questions asked. I'm not suporting NASA but its not the money factor bro, its the type of managment environment that you can't cope with....let me tell you the fact that UOT is a technical University and staff salary is not to be compared with other universities. This is really a poor arguement most people even the mgt are stating. They deserve more then wat is being offered.

The facilities are rundown, library is a history galary, ICT facilities are poor despite being the distributor of domains in png, academic houses are poor, risky,,,academics buildings are deteriorating, students residential areas are rundown, potholes every where, social problems encountered like rapes, break_N_enter, harrashment, threats, contracting private security firms when there is no need at all, you name the list that goes on. I can't tell you on the administrative issues on such forums coz its too sensitive at this point of time when people's life are threathened via phone calls after the board was sacked!

Fellows, VC will be the next to pack his bags together with Allan Physco, Dr. Tagis and Dr. Pogi at OHE, and their cohorts..when things come clear. there is something fishy so current and ex-UOTs plus interested parties, lets pray that the truth will reveal the devil on the publics' eye!!!!!!

Lastly, the batch of staff resigned are some of the most qualified and internationally recognised brains. e.g. Maths depts lost Dr. Samual Kopamo...the engan, who's ranked among the top world mathematicians....Dr. Witney (Mining Dept) from Simbu, one of the two qualified Meturlugists in South Pacific....etc
it will cost ages to find such brains unless the currect administration is fucked out!

Ya, NASA might be wrong as per percieved by outsiders but they have brought light into the black operations......

You can't send a full armoured armed mobile and task force policeman to arrest the NASA executives in the middle of night. The kids and wifes shocked! Jesus christ, which world bank have they robed or did they threathened bill gates? I was with the NASA president at that time in his house when this ordeal occured... get real guys, get real and talk sense..... SOMTHING'S FISHY!!!!!

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Date Posted: Tue, Feb 26 2008, 03:53:39pm

......continueation from above:
...the management has to refocus on the areas which deemed inefective or causing the backlog. Try phase out old syllabus and introduce new courses/subjects into existing depts/courses. Lazy staff as to be kicked out if they are incompetent.....do away with employing cohorts and political and religious cronies bypasing legal procedures of employment....the institution should be innovative and creative....those HOD that supress surbodinates should be sacked or demoted..... more staff should be sent overseas for further studies, these are some of the issues the genuine NASA are fighting for.

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