A Government assessment team leaves tomorrow (Friday 17th June, 2016) to conduct on the ground assessment on the current crisis at various universities in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where Vanuatu students are studying.

The Council of Ministers met yesterday morning, decided to urgently send an assessment team to Papua New Guinea, carry out assessment on the current situation, meet the PNG officials and the Vanuatu students at the universities they are studying, return to Vanuatu with findings and recommendations, for the Vanuatu Government to act upon, for the safety and the future education of the Vanuatu students studying at the various universities, and institutions there, according to the Acting Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Yvon Basil.

He confirmed that an assessment team of two or three officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education will depart Vanuatu tomorrow for Port Moresby.

He said the Government will make a final decision based on the findings and recommendations as soon as the assessment team returns to Port Vila.

In the meantime, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the government have assured the parents of all students studying in all universities and institutions in Papua New Guinea that all Vanuatu students are safe.

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