PARLIAMENT passed the Solomon Islands National University (Amendment) Bill 2014 on Wednesday.
The Bill was to amend provisions of the Solomon Islands National University Act 2012 relating to the Council of the University.
The primary object of this Bill is to facilitate more regular meetings of the council of the Solomon Islands National University.
The council has not been able to hold its regular meetings because of the impracticality of attaining the threshold of five appointed members to form a quorum.
The Bill amended section 24(1) (a) of Solomon Islands National University Act 2012 to reduce the requirement for the presence of 5 appointed members to a more achievable requirement of two appointed members.
The Bill also seeks to amend section 12(4) of the Act to provide forthe general staff member of the university who is an elected member of the Council to have a three-year term of office as an elected member.
This is the same term of office as the majority of elected members.
Previously, the Act did not limit the term of office of the general staff member. All elected members are eligible for re-election when their term of office expires.
The passing of this Bill gave a total of three Bills being passed so far in this current sitting of Parliament.
– Parliament Media