ACTING Opposition Leader and Member of Parliament for East Honiara, Hon. Douglas Ete acknowledges the goodwill gesture given to our students, from the government and people of the Republic of China (ROC) Taiwan, despite Solomon’s decision to recognize the People’s Republic of China.
The Opposition Leader’s statement came following confirmation that the Taiwanese government has opted to continue looking after the welfare of the Solomon Islands students until the end of their semester year, January 2020.
Reports confirmed that the Taiwanese Government assured Solomon Islands’ students that they will continue to study in Taiwan under full scholarship until January, and the Opposition Leader stressed that it is a petty, even after our government turned its back on them, they still cared.
This comes in the form of paying for tuition fees and allowances for our students in Taiwan until the end of the year.
The Opposition also agrees that news on this surely comes as a major relief to parents who worried for their students’ education following Solomon Islands’ decision on Monday to end 36 years of diplomatic relationship with Taiwan in favor of China.
At the same time, the Opposition Leader (Ag) expressed the Opposition’s gratitude to the Taiwanese Government for giving options to our students who are studying in Taiwan under private or other sponsorships, to continue with their studies in 2020 and beyond.
“People should understand the fact that the students should no longer receive financial support as a result of the termination of the program under the diplomatic relationship agreement, but thanks to the government and people of Taiwan, at least our students can properly complete their studies, of course without worry or fear.
“It’s a shame that even when the Solomon Islands has treated them badly, ROC has acted with goodwill as a true friend,” Hon. Ete said.
Hon Ete said that the scholarship programs have assisted the Solomon Islands in various fields of study which contributed to building the human resources of the country.
“To me, this is one of the successful initiatives implemented under the relationship with Taiwan and the decision to sever ties with Taiwan has severely affected the program.
“On behalf of the Solomon Islands Parliamentary Opposition and the parents of these students, I wish to take this opportunity to once again thank ROC for what you have always been doing for us, as a true friend,” the Opposition Leader (Ag) expressed.
The Opposition Office understands that there are a total of 125 students currently studying in various universities in Taiwan and doing various courses and programs there.