SINU students begin strike

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BY LYNTON AARON FILIA

SINUSA President Mr Reginald Ngati talks to students during their strike on Wednesday

STUDENTS of the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) yesterday began their strike after two weeks of notice lapsed.

During the strike notice talks were held between the SINU admin and the student body, but no agreement could be reached.

Students have boycotted classes, and yesterday groups of students with banners began their protest rally at 8am at the Panatina and Kukum campuses.

On Tuesday this week, their last meeting convened the SINU Student Association’s (SINUSA) representatives with personnel from the Vice Chancellor’s Office.

Four points discussed included; 1) To reinstate student body as legal body representing students, 2) To re-consider SINUSA Rep in SINU’s Council, 3) SINU Council to re-look at disciplining the officer look after their election process, and 4) SINUSA and SINU to come up with MOU.

No compromise was reached.

SINUSA President, Mr Reginald Ngati said the strike will continue until SINUSA, Student Council and students achieve their demands based on their four points.

He said yesterday’s strike programme was basically for information to go out publicly.

Ngati said yesterday’s aim was achieved and SINU is now well aware with what is going on.

“You need to come and dialogue with us, you need to see students as a body of students which they have feelings, emotions, motives, desire and see them as people who have human minds too,” Ngati said.

Meanwhile, police is understood to be keeping an eye on the protest.

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