"The physical size of our college is a serious barrier to accessing tertiary education opportunities and services available in this college."

Director of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE), Dickson Ha'amori, made the statement in addressing graduating students last Friday.

Set on the theme, "Relevancy for Education", the ceremony saw the graduation of 736 students in Honiara.

Mr. Ha'amori said that while the demand for places in SICHE continues to increase, the college needs to be expanded.

He said that the current management is aware of most of the things that needs to be addressed "which needs financial assistance to get them done".

Mr. Ha'amori acknowledged the national government for its continuous support to the college over the years.

He said that among the many challenges faced, one is limited houses on campus to accommodate all staff members.

He said that the college has been forced to house some of its workers in motels, which is very expensive.

"SICHE is stretching its budget when it comes to housing," he said, adding that despite all these challenges, "SICHE will continue to support upgrading its staff".