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PNG University of Technology Vice-Chancellar Dr Albert Schram suspended

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology council has suspended Vice-Chancellor Dr Albert Schram over “issues” he has been given seven days to explain, the National Reports. 
The decision was reached during a special council meeting last Friday chaired by the acting Chancellor Jean Kekedo.

Council member and legal adviser Sam Koim told The National that the issue was confidential and would not be discussed in the media openly until due processes were completed.
He, however, said there were issues of “accountability” raised and the council as the responsible authority must deliberate and make decisions on those issues.
“One of which was to temporarily have Dr Schram suspended, for him to respond to issues regarding his contract of employment and relevant laws,” Koim said.
Koim said council members were given ample notice to attend the council meeting and confidential documents on the meeting were only given out during the meeting.
“Dr Schram was excused because of subject matter. Therefore, there is nothing untoward about the processes invoked,” he said.
Meanwhile, Schram told The National that he would not comment on the matter as it was “personal” and was “before the council” to deliberate on.
A source in the university said the suspension could have stemmed from the way Schram was managing the affairs of the university.
Schram was made the university’s VC in 2012 following a student unrest that resulted in the overthrow of the previous management headed by Dr Misty Baloiloi and registrar Allan Sako.
The source said the council had given Schram seven days to reply to the allegations against him.
Schram, who was on duty travel in India, had to cut short his trip and return to attend the meeting. The National/PNG Today
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