“WE therefore find that in all circumstances Dr Schram was wrongfully terminated from employment as Vice Chancellor of the University of Technology.”
This definitive statement represents the Sevua investigation’s headline conclusion into the former Unitech Council’s allegations against vice-chancellor Dr Albert Schram.
“The 2012-13 campaign against Dr Schram is repulsive to any academic community and would not be tolerated in any civil society,” says an anonymous correspondent in PNG Blogs.
“The government’s tendency to fabricate charges to deport unwanted non-citizens extends well beyond Dr Schram (it was also used with SDP media adviser Mark Davis).
“The PNG government’s expulsion without a convincing reason of non-citizens who it views as being a threat violates the basic human rights guaranteed in the PNG constitution (which extends to non-citizens as well as citizens), is unbecoming of by nation and casts a shadow of shame upon the country.”
Meanwhile, prime minister Peter O’Neill, who has been under much pressure to intervene in the Schram affair, now says he has no quarrel with Dr Schram
“With social media and public critics blaming the whole Unitech saga on politics and alleging that the prime minister has direct influence, Peter O’Neill says it is the decision of the university council,” reports Joey Tau of PNG Edge.
O’Neill said the Unitech matter needs addressing immediately, but that the appointing authority for the vice chancellor is the university council.
“I have no issues against Schram, the old council or anybody for that matter,” O’Neill said. “This issue was generated by them and it’s important that the new university council is given the opportunity to address this problem.”
PNG Edge reports that the interim university council headed by Sir Nagora Bogan has reinstated Dr Schram as vice chancellor, but there remains the matter of pursuing the formal process to bring him back to PNG.