24 Aug 2002

USP still waiting for fee payments for Solomon islands students

5:38 am on 24 August 2002

The University of the South Pacific will not exclude Solomon Islands students from its Suva campus, despite an outstanding multi milllion dollar debt.

However the students will not be allowed to sit exams, graduate, or get financial support, until the Solomon Islands government clears a debt of around three point five million US dollars.

The debt represents fees and student allowances for the last four years.

The Vice Chancellor of the USP, Savenaca Siwatibau, says the debt has become so large the students could not be allowed to complete their courses.

Mr Siwatabau says the 150 students living at the Laucala compound in Suva are still being fed, but the 150 living off campus are relying on the the support of peers and the community.

He says the Solomons Government has promised him it will made an immediate payment directly to the students so they will have money to live on.


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