Thursday, 7 August 2008 12:40 PM

USP Students Frustrated with Delay in Allowance

Solomon Island students studying in the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, are raising frustrations over the delay in their second semester allowance.

The University of the South Pacific is currently in their second week of Semester two and the students are facing difficulties to purchase their course books and other needs for Semester two.

Through an email to Solomon Times, an anonymous USP student stated that besides the need to purchase semester two course books, they are also facing eviction notices from their landlords due to lateness in rental payments.

"It is more difficult for the first year students as we are quite new to this country and we do not know how we can go about this problem. Many of us do not have any means of support as our parents cannot afford to send us money," said the anonymous student.

According to the current Solomon Islands Student Association President, the allowance should be expected this week.

The Solomon Islands students suspects that they would not be receiving allowance until the first semester's exam results will be available to the Ministry of Education's National Training Unit (NTU). They believe NTU will have to decide who to terminate before releasing their student allowance.

"The first semester results were only available last week and to think that all the paper work could be done by this week is quite absurd. The Government needs to understand our needs and without our allowance we would not be able to perform well in our studies," said the anonymous student.

The Ministry of Education's National Training Unit could not be reached for comments after many attempts.




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