23 Jun 2017

Solomons minister concedes abuse of scholarship system

7:37 pm on 23 June 2017

The Solomon Islands treasury minister has likened the government's tertiary education scheme to pouring money down a black hole.

The minister, Snyder Rini, says the policy of awarding scholarships to students has been heavily abused.

He told the Islands Sun newspaper that allowances have been inflated, students' names duplicated and a whole host of other abuses.

Mr Rini says the programme is likely to be reviewed to ensure it remains affordable.

This comes as students have been protesting this week over the non-payment of their study allowances by the government.