SIG students to receive allowance this week


Solomon Islands Government (SIG) sponsored students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus in Fiji will be receiving their March allowances this Thursday.

An email circulated to the students yesterday, from the Solomon Islands Students Association (SISA) President Walter Waneoroa has confirmed the much awaited update.

“….I am pleased to inform you that the March allowances will be paid this Thursday 16th March, as confirmed by the Education Attaché’s office late this (yesterday) afternoon.

“So I kindly ask all of us to be patient for the next few days,” Mr Waneoroa stated, in the email.

For the student, the news was a sigh of relief as their rental dues for the new month has been knocking on their doors, supplies are running low, and budgets for transportation to and from the campus for distant students is about to be in havoc.

The students however commended the update, and described it as a ‘sigh of relief’.

“Last week, the update we heard from the Education Attaché was not welcoming enough.

“But we must thank her for the positive update. At least we can attend our lectures and tutorials this week with such encouraging news,” one student says.

This week, reports stated that Solomon Islands Government (SIG) sponsored students studying at various universities in Fiji were once again hit hard by the delay of their allowance.

The report also said, the students were informed by the Education Attaché that the scholarship’s bank account in Fiji is running low with cash.

Meanwhile, the issue with the delay of students’ allowances is not new for Government Funded student studying in Fiji – an issue that needs to be addressed efficiently.