March 29, 2013

Prime Minister directs review of government scholarships

17:10 Yesterday (March 28, 2013)
Report by: Mika Loga

A review of the processes in approving government tertiary scholarships has been ordered by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

A review team which consists of Vice Chancellors of Universities, the Permanent Secretary for i-Taukei Affairs and the Public Service Commission have been tasked with the job.

The large number of students who applied for the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme this year triggered the review.

One thousand seven hundred and seventy two applied – out of which, only three hundred and seventy two were offered scholarships.

PSC Permanent Secretary Parmesh Chand says, the committee will look at a wholr range of issues.

“we dont want to jeopardise the stasndard of education obviously it is the work of the committe we have to look at all aspects of our scholarships and assistance programme”.

The committee has until April to hand their recommendations to the Prime Minister.

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