Government sponsored students at the local university are questioning if they are also eligible to receive SBD $5000.00 support from the government.
In March, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced his government’s support for Solomon Islands students studying in institutions overseas.
This was to ensure their safety and comfort in their host countries amidst the Covid-19 global pandemic.
But Solomon Islands National University Student Association (SINUSA) President, Frazer Seulu says the students are concerned their plight was not prioritized or considered.
He said the government sponsored students at the local university need an explaination.
“SINU students are also victims of this pandemic and the government should prioritize everyone. Why didn't the Minister of Education or Cabinet in its deliberation on the Covid-19 relief allowance include SINU/SIG students'', he questioned.
He said many of the students also encountered problems especially when classes were disrupted. Seulu said the students are also victims of the virus.
“Many students returned to Honiara empty handed. This is a problem for them. They have not been able to resume classes, some are still stranded out there in the provinces,” Seulu said.
He said the government should consider these issues before recalling classes. Seulu said the students only have five weeks remaining in the first semester but so far, some are still stuck in the provinces.
Meanwhile it was reported by the Solomon Star last month that outstanding first semester allowances for SIG sponsored students at SINU has been finalized.
From the report, students were expected to receive their allowances by last week.
Some of the SIG sponsored students in Honiara have to settle their accommodation and meal fees of $5000 before they resume classes on the 1st of June 2020.