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Between The Lines, 28 September, 2018

LULL BEFORE THE STORM? The latest on the University of Fiji saga is that a high ranking official has been given his letter to go on leave from October 8,
28 Sep 2018 11:12
Between The Lines, 28 September, 2018

LULL BEFORE THE STORM?

The latest on the University of Fiji saga is that a high ranking official has been given his letter to go on leave from October 8, BTL understands. What is not clear, though, is whether it is linked to an earlier discussion over an acting allowance debate.

In the middle of all this is a Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) investigation into all the controversial issues that have rocked the university. The issues include the clock-in and clock-out row, the growing amount of student fee arrears and audit queries.

Lectures are carrying on as normal as the university does an incredible job in maintaining its services. The university may have been buoyed by the support of a member of the Fiji Higher Education Commission over the clock-in and clock-out issue.

It triggered a heated discussion at the commission- university council meeting last Saturday. Managers were asked to talk to the staff in their respective disciplines to co-operate with the policy and that no one would be penalised for opposing it.

The policy was designed for the safety and security of all stakeholders. Council members were told it was not there to spy on academics for the purpose of determining their pay. Things appear to have quieted down. But could this be the lull before the storm?

WITCH-HUNT OVER WHISTLE-BLOWERS

A witch-hunt is well underway to isolate the whistleblowers over BTL reports on dredging in the Rewa River and environment concerns.

To those who are responsible for the witch-hunt, please take note that you cannot stop people raising legitimate concerns especially the issues that affect their livelihood and environment.

It is their fundamental right guaranteed under the 2013 Constitution.

You cannot gag them. The only solution is to listen to their cries.

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