Council tightlipped on decision

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) Council has made a decision on the future of Deputy Vice Chancellor, Peseta Desmond Lee Hang.

But Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council, A’eau Chris Hazelman, said the decision will be kept a secret until the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, is officially informed. 

When that will happen, he did not say.

With that, A'eau declined to comment on any matter in relation to the decision.

“With regards to the discussions at the Council – I now have to inform the Minister as is required by the law of N.U.S.,” said A’eau. 

“At the moment anything in regards to the decision reached by the Council I will have to wait until the Minister is aware of it and he can discuss that. 

“I cannot say anything at the moment until we’ve taken that step and informed him of the decision, which I am yet to.” 

The Council Chairman added that once the decision is given to the Minister, they will make the final decision with Cabinet on the matter. 

It was not possible to get a comment from Peseta at press time. The Minister was also not immediately available.

Earlier this week though, Loau confirmed that Peseta's future was being discussed, stemming from an internal dispute at the university. 

“It was brought to my attention and it is basically their own mess at the university,” he said.

 The Minister said he was told the Vice Chancellor had asked the Deputy Vice Chancellor to resign.

“I don’t know what the grounds are for the decision from the Vice Chancellor but the decision is being contested by the Deputy Vice Chancellor.

“So it started from there and it has been referred to the Council which called a special committee to investigate what is happening.”

Loau warned that if the Council does not find a solution at its meeting, Cabinet will eventually step in. 

“I hope they come up with a solution to it otherwise if it reaches Cabinet, we will do our own decision regardless,” he added.

The N.U.S. Council met on Wednesday and Thursday.

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