Friday, 2 September 2011 8:44 AM

TSI Investigates Taiwanese Scholarship Awards

The country's anti-corruption watchdog Transparency Solomon Islands (TSI)says children of Solomon Islands politicians are being granted coveted Taiwanese scholarships even though they do not meet entry requirements.

Reports say TSI is investigating claims children of politicians are receiving preferential treatment.

The acting executive officer Shepherd Lapo, in a recent media interview, said 8 of the 12 students who were recently awarded scholarships were children of Members of Parliament.

Mr Lapo alleges that some of those students did not meet the Ministry of Education's selection criteria for awarding scholarships, which state that applicants must have completed Form 7.

But Mr Lapo said information received by TSI claim some MP's children being awarded these scholarships despite having only reached Form 6.

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