$240 not enough

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

SIG students at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Fiji are reportedly impoverished after only receiving FJ$240 each for allowance.

Concerned students speaking to Island Sun said the $240 has been used up for their rentals and other areas such as debts, leaving them with nothing.

They are now calling for May’s allowance to be sent quickly within the first week of the month (next week) before their situation worsens.

Last week, the students were only paid FJD$240. This has shocked the students leaving them confused because earlier the NTU director, Clement Tito had assured them that their allowance would not be affected by the government’s austerity budget measures.

News of the cut in student’s allowances had been made known by the Education Attaché at the Solomon Islands High Commission in Fiji.

The SIG students both in Fiji and Vanuatu are now calling on the national government to consider their situation saying it is ‘no joke the problem they are facing’.

“We want our May allowances to be sent in quickly as we are facing a serious problem,” said the students.

It is understood that allowances are usually paid in to the sponsored students’ accounts every 5th of each month.

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