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Nearly 700 Solomons Islanders study in Fiji

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 15, 2009) – The Ministry of Education says Solomon Islands students in Fiji are alright.

Permanent Secretary Mylyn Kuve said her ministry had been in touch with the consular office in Suva.

"The consular told us the situation was alright," she said.

"The consular had already talked to the students and asked them to take precautionary measures," Ms. Kuva added.

However, Kuve said if the situation warrants repatriation, then the Government will repatriate our students.

Solomon Islander Johnson Honimae, who works at the Forum Secretariat as Media Officer told Solomon Star from Suva yesterday that the students remain unaffected.

"We are personally all OK. However, the military has just about taken over everything in town.

"Now the USP students are all on mid-semester break. So far I have not heard anything happening to any of our students.

"We are basically telling students that they need to stick to their studies and stay away from possible trouble spots," he said.

More than 600 Solomon Islands students are studying at the University of South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus at Suva.

Another 100 plus re studying at the other institutions like Fiji School of Medicine, Fiji Institute of Technology (FIT) and other educational institutions there.

In 2000, the Government repatriated our students following the coup led by George Speight.

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