‘Make USP report public’
SECRETS DO NOT SERVE ANY GOOD, SAYS RATUVA
MAKE the University of the South Pacific BDO report public because secrecy does not serve any good, says renowned political sociologist and former USP academic Prof Steven Ratuva.
He said public interest demanded it and USP should do it for the sake of transparency.
He said USP should also make public allegations levelled against vice-chancellor and president Prof Pal Ahluwalia.
In the meantime, Fiji Labour Party leader and former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry has also called for a “thorough clean-up” of USP and anyone uncovered by an independent investigation to be taken to task immediately.
IN the interest of transparency, the University of the South Pacific should make public the contents of the university’s BDO report and also the allegations made against vicechancellor Prof Pal Ahluwalia.
This is the view of New Zealandbased political sociologist and former university academic Prof Steven Ratuva.
“Public interest demands that the BDO report needs to be released and the work by the commission expedited while the allegations against the vice chancellor be released also and properly investigated as well,” he said.
Prof Ratuva said secrecy “does not serve anyone any good”.
He said USP was a regional institution and there should be no political interference that would undermine its independence.
“As we have seen in other developing countries, politicisation of universities has led to their demise as respectable institutions.
“What USP needs is not vendetta based vengeance and counter-vengeance politics which will run the institution down, but independent scholarly innovation to raise the level of high impact research and teaching to become a world class institution of learning.”
Meanwhile, USP Council chairman and pro-chancellor Winston Thompson said the BDO report was “now history” and people should stop trying to resurrect it.
He said allegations of mismanagement and governance issues which emerged from the leaked BDO report had been “dealt with”.
Mr Thompson said the university’s position on the report was that its findings had already been considered by the council in its special meeting in August last year.
He also said allegations against him in the BDO report were “comparatively minor”.