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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Oct. 31, 2002 - SIBC/PINA Nius Online)---Failure to pay money the Solomon Islands government owes the University of the South Pacific may force the university's extension center in Honiara to close next year.

The stern warning was delivered to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education Barnabas Anga when he met in Suva with the university's Vice Chancellor Savenaca Siwatibau.

The university, facing financial pressures because of the big debt, has told the Solomon Islands government it must pay F$5 million by Dec. 31.

Siwatibau reiterated the university council's decision that a failure to pay this amount will result in the non-graduation of final year government-sponsored students.

It will also mean the withholding of academic transcript results, no enrollment next year and the possible closure of the extension center in Honiara.

However, Anga told Siwatibau that 90 percent of the enrollments at the Honiara Center are self-sponsored and a closure would victimize many innocent students.

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