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18 September 2018

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Regrettably, PNG universities are operating increasingly as joint criminal enterprises. As a result, they violently resist any opportunity to change or improve, and can not be helped from outside.

Foreign faculty are systematically being misinformed about their labour conditions and their salaries, while senior national staff are paying themselves illegal allowances and enjoying unlawful tax exemptions.

In addition, there is no work load model, so foreign academics are expected to do the brunt of the teaching while some national academics take off without notice to do consulting work.

Students meanwhile loose out by not receiving a quality education. Naturally, they are angry and disappointed, and have staged mayor class boycotts, some with violence, five years out of the last six years.

Now the government has chased out two vice chancellors, known as effective administrators and honest academics, their hopes for improvement are dashed. Truly PNG universities are not "a great place to work".

It seems clear now that several people in the higher education sector have been caught lying. The most surprising thing is how they continue to believe they can get away with it?

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