Government to review its scholarship scheme, 50 percent to study in country as of next year
THE Ministry of Education and Human Resource will review the Solomon Islands Government Scholarship Scheme.
This may mean a huge cut to the number of students sent to study abroad.
Speaking during his visit to students at the University of South Pacific (USP), Laucala campus last week, Minister of Education and Human Resources John Dean Kuku said there will be a reduction to the number of students going to USP and other institutions in the region.
He said the formal and more acceptable approach to reduce students’ financial crisis while studying abroad is to reduce the number of students.
He said the new approach will begin next year, 2020 with more than 50 percent of scholarships to be in-country.
On the same note, Kuku said the government is serious about the establishment of proper facilities for the USP fourth campus in Solomon Islands.
“My visit here is to discuss with USP to pave way for the establishment of fourth campus in the Solomon Islands.
“There are certain interests that emerge in the proposed plan but the government’s position on the forth university is very clear and that is to build the much waiting campus this year.
“We need to help our own institution, we must prepare our own institution to provide better tertiary learning in our country,” he said.
Kuku stressed that the construction of the fourth campus will take time and the government sees it fit for groundwork to begin this year.
“We will not sit, listen and watch but move on so that our local institutions are given equal importance as any other institution in the region,” he said.
Kuku highlights that cooperation between academics and the government is crucial in making sure the fourth campus comes into fruition.
BY BEN BILUA
USP Journalism Student