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PAPUA NEW GUINEA –The University of Papua New Guinea students’ representative council president Kenneth Rapa says the university must give boycotting students their airline tickets to return to their respective homes and government sponsorship be refunded in cash to the students.

This was a request by the president after the council announced to the students that 2016 academic semester one was suspended indefinitely forthwith.

“Representing students have not regretted their actions. If we represented people, we have sacrificed our academic year for this country,” Kenneth said of the protests and study boycott.

Acting Chancellor Dr Nicholas Man said the university will not refund the sponsorships because it does not deal with sponsorships and that the semester was only suspended.

Higher Education Secretary David Kavanamur said scholarship awardees can use their state-funded return air ticket or transport allowance to return home or remain in Port Moresby and make their own accommodation arrangements at their own cost. - Post-Courier