Student allowances probed

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BY CAROL-ANNE SULEGA

THE Minister of Education and Human Resource Development Hon John Dean Kuku says Solomon Islands Government (SIG) sponsored student allowances have already been paid in full

This was in response to a question put in without notice by the Leader of the Independent Group, Hon Dr Derek Sikua on the floor of Parliament yesterday.

“For Solomon Islands students studying at the University of the South Pacific in Honiara and Fiji have already been paid by the Ministry,” the Minister responded.

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He then added that the Ministry has already raised the necessary requirements to the Ministry of Finance and Treasury (MoFT) a long time ago.

The Minister then said that all these payments are still with the Ministry of Finance and Treasury and when these payments will be released, will be up to MoFT.

Kuku then confirmed to Parliament yesterday that a total of $FJD168K was transferred to the SIG Scholarship Account in Fiji on Wednesday this week to cater for allowances.

Another $FJD108K was then transferred to the same account in the morning yesterday.

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