COMING UP SOON: Five years ago, we REVEALED that the social psychology professor JAMES JOHNSON, hired by USP, had been fired from his old job for sexually molesting one of his students in the United States. The then interim Education Minister Aiyaz Khaiyum and former VC Rajesh Chandra ignored our claims. Now, Johnson has been FIRED by USP following a lengthy inquiry. Full details to follow in coming days.
Meanwhile, the GRANT saga that nearly destroyed USP, led by Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum and his UNCLE Mahmood Khan. Where is KHAN?
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics, Professor Biman Prasad says grants to the University of the South Pacific will be released but when and how it will be done will be discussed with the Vice Chancellor, University Management and the Council. He highlighted this while responding to a question by fijivillage on whether the Government will release funds for the new USP semester during a press conference at the Ministry of Finance following his official welcome at the Ministry. Professor Prasad says they want to work out a timetable to not only pay back what was due, but also when they deliver the budget, the grant, based on the formula will be included in the budget and will be formalised. The Deputy Prime Minister further says paying grant to the USP is a commitment that all parties in the coalition government made and from now onwards, Fiji will be a real partner with the USP.