Follow · September 19 ·
From an Academic:
"Attack on Academic Freedom at USP Continues
IN a worrying trend noticed over the past 6 or so years, USP has been purging academic freedom The case of termination of employment of Professor Wadan Narsey is well known. So are the cases of termination of employment of Deputy Vice Chancellor/Pro-VCs Susan Kelly and Dilawar Singh Grewal, and of Professor Biman Prasad.
NOW comes the suspension of a long standing and well regarded Pacific historian Dr. Morgan Tuimaleali'ifano.
Official Reason given: He had used the term "gutless" to his supervisor who was hesitating to raise a requisition for payment to the department teaching staff, who had remained unpaid for over 10 weeks.
EVENTS OF NOTE: It is well known that Dr. Tuimaleali'ifano had organised a highly successful panel discussion a week earlier on "Rewa Vakatokayaca Peace Process", where amongst other speakers were the Opposition Leader and Roko Tui Dreketi, Ro Teimumu Kepa. The discussion was on the formal adoption of Girmitiya descendants as 'Luvedra ni Ratu' (Children of the Chief of Noco). Earlier, Dr. Tuimaleali'ifano had also participated, as part of his research, in a discussion on chiefly titles in Natewa, Vanua Levu.
The suspension is a clear cut case of an attack on academic freedom, under guise of 'disciplinary proceedings'. This must be opposed by all who value academic freedom. Please post, without my name; I hope you understand" — with Morgan Tuimaleali'ifano.