Government eyes ‘student loans scheme’ chances

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Around 200 USP SI Campus students left out from SIG’s Scholarship awards in 2018. PHOTOS BY MANEBONA BARNABAS
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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

GOVERNMENT is looking into the feasibility of implementing a student loans scheme and how it could ‘co-exist’ with the country’s current scholarships program to maximise benefits.

Last week Wednesday, Solomon Islands Tertiary Education and Skills Authority (SITESA) and  the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) issued an expression of interest for a ‘Students Loan Scheme Specialist’.

SITESA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Constance Nasi said the intention is to engage a student loans schemes specialist who will work in collaboration with the ‘Student Loans Scheme Committee’ to investigate the feasibility of implementing a student loans scheme.

Ms Nasi added that the outcome of the assignment will outline options for consideration and that public expectation for any implementation would be pending the outcome of the feasibility study.

“The intention is to engage a student loans schemes specialist who will work in collaboration with the Student Loans Scheme Committee to investigate the feasibility of implementing a student loans scheme in the Solomon Islands and how it could co-exist with the SIG Scholarships program to maximise benefits. The outcome of the assignment will outline options for consideration,” said Nasi.


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