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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Finalised list of SIG sponsored tertiary students to be released this Friday

The final list for the 2007 recipients of the Solomon Islands Government tertiary scholarships is expected to be released by Friday this week.

This was revealed yesterday in parliament by Education Minister Dr Derek Sikua when answering questions relating to scholarship awards.

Dr Sikua admitted that release of the list was ‘very’ slow and therefore his ministry would seek leniency from relevant authorities in PNG on late arrival of Solomon Islands students at tertiary institutions in the neigbouring Melanesian state.

He also said late registration for Solomon Islands students at the University of the South Pacific would not be a problem as Solomon Islands is a member of the institution and therefore could be given leniency.

The Education Minister also stated that the government has adopted a new policy on scholarship awards to ensure Solomon Islanders are trained in professions that lack manpower. Sikua said the government had taken the new approach following a national skills survey his Ministry had conducted with assistance from the World Bank.

The Minister said the survey was undertaken to determine the type of skills that Solomon Islanders have and those that were lacking. As a result, selection for scholarships as of this year would be based on the findings of the survey.

Source: GCU

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