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Education News PNG

ANOTHER SUSPENDED STAFF member at the PNG University of Technology (Unitech) has appeared before the Lae committal court on allegation of misappropriation and conspiracy to defraud the state.

Suspended Unitech bursar Jimmy Imbok, who is a signatory to the university account, was arrested last Thursday and appeared before Magistrate Posain Polo yesterday.

It is alleged that Imbok and others defrauded the university and state of over K600,000 between 17 January 2012 and 4 January 2013.

Magistrate Polo will consider the evidence provided by the police to determine if there are sufficient grounds for referral to the National Court.

Meanwhile, Polo reduced Imbok’s bail which was set at K5,000 to K500. He said the defendant was a citizen and would not escape from the country.

Imbok is another in a line of former Unitech staff and academics who have been implicated with former head of the university’s engineering department, Professor Narayan Gehlot.

Meanwhile police are investigating the illegal sale of a vehicle belonging to the engineering department.

Read the Albert Schram story here. Incredibly, the Unitech vice-chancellor was deported by PNG authorities while trying to clean up this mess. There's a massive injustice being perpetrated - KJ


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Nevegapa Abeya Sam

I am ashamed of hearing about highly educated people involved in such a criminal activity. Shame on you guys. What are you guys trying to prove to us Papua New Guineans?

There are lots of highly educated people like you guys. Terminate all those involved in this criminal activity and employ new ones.

Lots of university graduates are roaming the streets looking for jobs. Don't give chances to those people. Just send them home and give priority to the new ones who are young and vibrant. I think by doing that we are going to improve.

John Vada

A sad case for one of the country's biggest accounting schools. When will this stupidity come to an end?

David Kitchnoge

More power to the police. Holimpasim ol na mekim save long ol wanwan.

Bloody appalling that such a mischief could even be allowed to occur in one of our highest institutions of learning and nurturing of the human mind.

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