Opposition urges gov’t to bring students home

THE Parliamentary Opposition Group is reiterating its call for the Government to repatriate Solomon Islands students studying in Papua New Guinea universities as soon as possible.

In a statement today, the Parliamentary Opposition Group says whilst the High Commission Office is still awaiting news from authorities whether lectures would resume; the situation on the ground has not changed, yet it has escalated with the latest clashes amongst students at the University of Goroka (UOG).

The Parliamentary Opposition Office says the continuous protests at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), UNITECH and UOG is very hostile and worrying.

“We have hundreds of our students studying in these universities and their safety is paramount and therefore the Government should bring them home,” it said.

It says the situation in PNG has now gone into its 6th week and nothing has changed and students have since been housed in motels for safety.

The statement says the Government should not allow students to study or even caught up into the current situation.

“The recent shooting of four PNG students by the police and the recent clashes between students themselves show how unpredictable the situation in PNG could be,” the Opposition Office added.

The Opposition Office further adds that rather than putting parents and guidance in suspense, the Government should do the right thing in recalling the affected students until further advice from the authorities.

“Bring them home, for their safety is far more important than keeping them there awaiting the return of normalcy which might not happen as yet,” the statement said.

Source: Office of the Leader of Opposition