USP jour­nal­ism awards: Singh wins top award

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Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Her­itage and Arts Ma­hen­dar Reddy has asked all stake­hold­ers not to jump into con­clu­sions and start con­demn­ing USP but to un­der­stand the logic be­hind the ac­tion that they have taken.

“USP is within its le­gal right to ask stu­dents to make ar­range­ments to pay their fees. The stu­dents must un­der­stand that they are al­ready in the 8th week of their stud­ies and there are only a few weeks for the se­mes­ter to end,” said Mr Reddy. “The USP has a sys­tem of re­mind­ing stu­dents on their fees which are ac­ces­si­ble to all stu­dents and there­fore, it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the stu­dents to make ar­range­ments for the pay­ment.” Mr Reddy said USP like any other or­ga­ni­za­tion was not in a busi­ness of char­ity. “They have given stu­dents am­ple time to make ar­range­ments to pay the fees,” he said. “The stu­dents must have taken heed of this time­frame. “Un­for­tu­nately, when this did not tran­spire, USP is left with no choice as in­come needs to be re­cov­ered be­cause the cost of run­ning the Univer­sity has to be ac­counted for.

“There is also the real risk that those fail­ing their units may not show up to pay thus, push­ing USP to carry th­ese debts in their books and even­tu­ally have it writ­ten off.” Mean­while, the USP Staff Union mem­bers yes­ter­day held a protest march at the Lau­cala cam­pus. About 200 staff marched with ban­ners and plac­ards with the sup­port of stu­dents as well re­gard­ing the clo­sure of a par­tic­u­lar fa­cil­ity next year which would re­sult in the lay­ing off of staff. “We as stu­dents are con­cerned about the sit­u­a­tion as we pay high fees ev­ery year,” said a con­cerned stu­dent. The staff marched from the ten­nis court to the en­trance of the Vice Chan­cel­lor’s of­fice and handed over a pe­ti­tion let­ter with sig­na­tures of the Univer­sity staff which had all their griev­ances writ­ten on it. USP will is­sue a state­ment re­gard­ing the is­sue on Tues­day.

The Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific Staff Union mem­bers marched at the USP Lau­cala Cam­pus yes­ter­day.

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