9 Jun 2014

Fiji board says it was advised by USP to pull scholarship

6:12 pm on 9 June 2014

The Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board in Fiji says it terminated a student's government scholarship on the advice of the University of the South Pacific.

The scholarship was stripped from the USP student, Tamani Seruiraduvatu, two weeks ago because of claims he had been "associating with political agenda."

Mary Baines reports.

"The Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board says after reviewing Mr Seruiraduvatu's case, it has decided to reinstate his scholarship. The chairman, Dixon Seeto, says investigations show the information the board received about the student and a recommendation from the USP were incorrect. Mr Seeto says there is a clear document trail on the case which led to the board's decision. He says the board in no way restricts the activities of scholarship holders outside of their study programme. The University of the South Pacific says it is investigating claims it gave incorrect information to the board."