27 Jun 2007

Kiribati education staff embroiled in scholarship debacle get their jobs back

1:50 pm on 27 June 2007

Two staff from Kiribati's Ministry of Education, who were suspended after a university scholarship debacle, have been cleared of any wrongdoing.

The government had controversially allocated scholarships in 2006 to students who weren't qualified to study at Fiji's University of the South Pacific .

Scholarship officer, Ciroam Neeri, and the former director of education, Meita Beiabure, were suspended last November after a commission of inquiry was completed.

Roz Terebea of Radio Kiribati says the Public Service Commission, which was considering disciplinary action for the pair, did an about turn.

"The public service commission actually returned them to their work. Didn't find them guilty of doing any wrong doing. So the two guys who were actually suspended as a result of the scholarship scandal have been given a chance to go back to work."

Roz Terebea.