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Suspend Dr Litiana Kuridrani, says UniFiji students

May 15, 2019 12:40 pm

The University of Fiji students are calling on the school management to suspend the center of iTaukei Studies director Dr Litiana Kuridrani.

This call comes after Dr Kuridrani is alleged to have called UniFiji Law Students Association President Filipe Bainivalu an ‘Indian dog’ in a heated argument over email exchanges.

The association along the student executive committees engaged in a meeting with the acting vice-chancellor, finance director, registrar and assistant registrar.

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Bainivalu during the meeting, proposed that Dr Kuridrani be suspended pending investigation as her influence could jeopardize the outcome of the case.

“The acting vice-chancellor has said that he will take our issues into consideration and get back to us in the next two days (Friday).

Speaking to FBC News earlier, Dr Kuridrani says there was no malice intention and she stands by her statement that it is an iTaukei idiom.

USP Professor Language/Linguistics Paul Geraghty has labelled the comment as non-racist, stating it’s a generalized iTaukei idiom that has become part of the language.

The heated exchanges was a result of a petition by the students of the iTaukei studies requesting for a full-time lecturer.

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