Big Drop on Govt Sponsored Students

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Solomon Islands USP students. (Photo Source: USP campus, Fiji)

THE leader of the parliamentary opposition group, Honorable Manasseh Maelanga described the Solomon Islands Government recently released 2018 scholarships awards, as inadequate compared to past years.

In an official press statement from the opposition group, Hon Maelanga argued the 700 scholarships awards for this year (2018) has indicated a mass drop compared to the recent years.

“That 700 scholarships, 200 are to be administered by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource, 400 through the Members of Parliament constituency award while 100 partially funded targeting citizens who are able to partly fund their tertiary studies.

“The number is inadequate when looking at the current increase of students completing forms six and seven every year,” he stated.

The Opposition Leader said not only that but there are many working class Solomon Islanders who either want to attend tertiary educational training or further tertiary training.

“The current government should increase its scholarship awards to cater for the increasing number of Solomon Islanders who deserve to undertake further studies both in-country and abroad,” he stated.

Meanwhile, many of the 2017 government sponsored students studying at the Solomon Islands National University and those that are currently accepted for this year have not allowed registering unless the government settles its last years’ outstanding tuition fees.

Reports cited from Island Sun revealed Solomon Islands National University (SINU) Student Association, President Reginald Ngati expressed the urgency for the government to consider the refund of their last year’s allowances, as they also need to settle some of their debts they have with friends and relatives as a result of the delay.

“Many of them under the government scholarship have still waiting for their outstanding allowance as promised by the former Democratic Coalition for Change Government,” Mr Ngati said.