|Dr. Albert Schram – Government says he has visa problems|
Three weeks into the first term of the school year, fresh calls are being made for the return of Dr. Albert Schram, as Vice Chancellor of the University of Technology.
A staff member and parent have called on the government to allow Dr. Schram return to the university.
Dr. Schram has not been allowed back into the country even after an investigation cleared him of several allegations that questioned his qualifications.
By December, it will have been three years since the Schram-Unitech Issue began
Today, Ken Polun, a staff member who began working at the University in 1991, he says Schram is a solution to Untech’s longstanding problems.
“Schram is not a threat,” Polun said. “He may be a threat to some people.”
Unitech is being managed by an interim council appointed after an intervention by the national government. Prime minister, Peter O’neill visited the university in January at the height of the crisis in the hope of putting the matter to rest. His visit came after students boycotted class and demanded Schram’s return.
Later, an investigation team headed by retired judge justice Mark Sevua was appointed to probe several issues including allegations over Dr. Schram’s qualifications.
At the end of January one year after the PM’s visit, the interim council, headed by Sir Nagora Bogan, released a statement pointing out that the investigating team had cleared Dr. Schram of all allegations and that he should be allowed back to resume his post.
The lack of action has also brought renewed concerns from parents.
“Our children’s education is very important,” says Aaron Boski, whose son has just entered Unitech as a freshmen. “We want Dr. Schram returned.”
Dr. Schram’s troubles begun after he questioned certain payments from the university accounts and asked for the recommendations from previous investigations to be implemented.
The Bogan interim council says the allegations against Schram were baseless and it called on all parties to put aside their own self interests and restore credibility to the university.