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Students Call for the Removal of University of Fiji Senior Academic

Filipe Bainivalu, the student whom Mrs Kuridrani allegedly called an “Indian dog,” is among the students.
15 May 2019 17:24
Students Call for the Removal of University of Fiji Senior Academic
From left: Davui Tuidamudamu (iTaukei Student Association treasurer), Sai Cavuilati (LSA student rep), Ralth Sailosi Ratu (UniFiji Student Association president), Ravineet Sami (UniFiji executive finance director) Filipe Bainivalu (LSA president), Eroni Bolarutia (ISA vice president), Saiciusa Leiloma (LSA secretary) and Karishma Mani (UniFiji registrar) at the Samabula UniFiji campus on May 14, 2019. Photo: Sydnee Gonzalez

Various student leaders yesterday called for the termination of the University of Fiji Director of iTaukei Studies Litiana Kuridrani.

Filipe Bainivalu, the student whom Mrs Kuridrani allegedly called an “Indian dog,” is among the students.

“I think the university needs to take a stand and remove her from the office,” said Mr Bainivalu.

“She has to resign because of these kinds of derogatory remarks to a student.”

These remarks were made after Mr Bainivalu, along with leaders of other student organisations, met with school officials to discuss the issue. The school has decided to take two days to review and discuss the situation.

Tomorrow, they plan to give the students a firm decision on how they will proceed concerning Mrs Kuridrani.

“We’ve had great interactions with the students and the students are positively resolving these issues with us right now,” said the school’s registrar Karishma Mani.

The university’s executive finance director, Ravineet Sami, added “Students have been advised, as they are nearing their exams, to focus on that and the management will work with the students to solve the issues.”

Despite being told to wait on the issue, Mr Bainivalu said he’s happy with the outcome of the meeting.

“I saw that they had taken the issue seriously,” he said.

However, he added that he would take the case to the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission to lodge a formal complaint.

“It’s about time that we stop these racially discriminatory remarks on any person,” he said.

“The constitution has formed us into common citizens and we are all called Fijians.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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