8 Dec 2009

Solomons Education Ministry tries to reverse high failure rate of scholarship students

1:03 pm on 8 December 2009

There are concerns that Solomon Islands scholarship students at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji are failing at a high rate because of excessive socialising.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mylyn Kuve, has confirmed it's concerned at the failure rate of the students on government scholarships.

Our correspondent, Dorothy Wickham, says the students have been offered extra lessons at the university, but many have not made use of them.

"I think a lot of our students come straight out from high school, go into a scene like Suva, where Suva has a very high social scene unlike Solomon Islands. And getting access to a lot of money for the first time in their life, that's a lot of things to be dealing with as a young university student who's never been able to live on his own or her own."

Dorothy Wickham says the students are not only being distracted but some may have chosen subjects that are unsuitable for them.

The Education Ministry is also planning to look at the quality of seventh form education in the Solomons to see if changes are needed.