Monday, 31 March 2008 6:51 AM

Students Call on Government to Deal With Allowances

Government sponsored students at the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus in Suva, Fiji are calling on the government to immediately deal with their allowances.

Speaking on behalf of 200 plus students, Emmanuel Tora, says they are now 5 weeks into the semester and students living off campus are finding it difficult to meet expenses for necessities such as food, rent, text books and school materials.

Mr. Tora says there is high chance that students might starve or fail their courses if authorities do not act quickly.

Meanwhile, Solomon Islands Student Association Executive says that around 200 students have not yet received their allowances.

It says even though a big number of students have received a third of their allowances some are finding it hard to cope without their allowances.

It says this is a humanitarian issue and the student association has exhausted all avenues to support students.

The executive says it is now banking on the government to protect their welfare and survival in a foreign land.