19 Aug 2009

Solomons call to help ease student transfers to higher education

3:49 pm on 19 August 2009

The Director of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education says high schools must do more to prepare students for tertiary education, after 44 Solomon Islands students lost their scholarships to the University of the South Pacific for failing to meet new, higher standards.

It's the second time a group of students from the campus in Fiji have had their government scholarships terminated, after 80 students lost their awards at the beginning of the year.

The Director of Solomon Islands College of Higher Education, Dick Ha'amori, says many students find it challenging adjusting to a new environment and shifting from high school to tertiary education.

"High school preparation is very important. We cannot really deny the fact that there is always room for improvement. So those responsible for high school education in Solomon Islands and for that matter anywhere, they need to see the gap between tertiary education and secondary education is minimised."

Dick Ha'amori says campus accommodation is another matter needing to be addressed.