2 May 2013

Solomons' government assures varsity students PNG fees will be paid

3:22 pm on 2 May 2013

The Solomon Islands government is assuring students on government scholarships at the University of Papua New Guinea that their registration fees will be paid tomorrow.

The assurance follows a report in the Solomon Star newspaper that the students have threatened to withdraw from school if the government fails to pay off their registration fees.

More than 100 students say they will take the action tomorrow after receiving warning letters from the university's vice chancellor but the High Commissioner to PNG, William Haomae, says he has been in contact with the government.

"Especially the ministry of education in Honiara since late last week and all of this week and we have been assured by the ministry of education in Honiara that the students' registration fees will be paid by tomorrow."

Solomon Islands students in Papua New Guinea have complained in previous years of allowances not being paid but William Haomae says the non-payment of fees is a new issue.