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Sikeli Qounadovu
Sunday, January 28, 2018

January 28, 1983

ON the front page of The Fiji Times two lecturers of the Fiji School of Medicine boycotted classes demanding an apology from Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr Mesake Biumaiwai.

According to the report, the two, who were also members of the medical school's academic board, decided to stay from school following the letter sent by Dr Biumaiwai to the school principal, Dr Bhupendra Pathik.

The letter stated, the PS questioning the integrity of the examiners with particular reference to the method of marking. This letter followed complaints by four students who had failed the examinations four times and claiming they were victimised.

These complaints also led to the suspension of Dr Pathik, which according to the article, has caused furore in medical circles.

The report added Dr Ballam Iyer (Staff Association president) maintaining that members had resolved to refuse teaching until Dr Biumaiwai substantiated the allegations he has made, or apologised.

Also in this paper, it was reported 67 metres of lead cable containing 104 circuits had to be replaced because of damage caused by a rat's teeth and claw.

Post and Telecommunications Department maintenance supervisor, the late Ilisoni Nate, is reported to have smelt a rat, while discovering an air leak in one of the major trunk cables between Suva and Lami.

Mr Nate told this newspaper he did not know how the rat got into the concrete covered manhole.

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