25 Mar 2013

Samoa opposition calls on government for loans to pay tuition fees

6:42 am on 25 March 2013

The Tautua Samoa opposition party has challenged the government on an education policy allowing 500-thousand US dollars in the financial year budget to allow parents to make loans to help pay for their children's tuition fees at the National University.

The opposition leader, Palusalue Faapo II, says instead of considering a loan scheme for students the government should open this opportunity up to parents.

The call comes after nearly a thousand students at the National university were given one more chance to pay their school fees or be sent home.

Palusalue says he is in full support of the university's efforts of enforcing students to pay school fees.

But he says the government needs to consider other ways of helping the National university and other government schools to overcome the problem of unpaid school fees.