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Stand-off delays classes

30 July 2014

A stand-off between the Solomon Islands National University’s (SINU) executive with the lecturers association of SINU (LASINU) has delayed the resumption of the semester 2 classes.

Reports reaching the paper said most of the classes are yet to resume despite entering week two of semester two lectures according to the school’s academic calendar.

Except for the school of nursing and school of natural resource and applied science who have been confirmed already started.

While most of the students under the school of education are into their six weeks practical as of this week.

Dean of natural resources and applied science, Aaron Kama said it was unfortunate that some classes are yet to resume for this second semester.

He explained the stand-off between the school’s executive with the lecturers association (LASINU) on a number of reasons has forced the delay of classes.

The lecturers association have raised salary restructuring and the minimum qualification requirements for lecturer’s recruitments amongst those issues, Kama said.

“Hopefully the issue reaches resolution by this week as discussions between SINU executive and LASINU continue, so classes can resume as normal by next week.”

This has impacted students as their semester one results are currently withheld, causing inconveniences for their second semester enrollment.

LASINU president Samson Tahuniara was contacted but could not comment as he claimed to be on a rush to attend a meeting with the school’s executive on the issue yesterday afternoon.

“Call me within an hour; we will be meeting with the vice chancellor and sure to provide updates on the issue.”

The outcome of the meeting was not known when this paper tried getting LASINU President who could not pick up his mobile.

Meanwhile a concern student spoken to have indicated the delay of withholding of semester one results as a setback to their academic year planning.

She said semester one results are important as it determines which courses to enroll for in the second semester.

Whether failing or passing, will require re-doing it or proceeding to other courses but with the results yet to be released is of great concern, said the concern student.

By Bradford Theonomi