SOLOMONS POLITICIANS ACCUSED OF ABUSING

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Children allegedly get preference in Taiwan scholarships

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept.2, 2011) – Children of Solomon Islands politicians are being granted coveted Taiwanese scholarships even though they don't meet entry requirements, the country's anti-corruption watchdog says.

Transparency International Solomon Islands is investigating claims children of politicians are receiving preferential treatment.

Acting executive officer Shepherd Lapo said eight of the 12 students who were recently awarded scholarships were children of Members of Parliament.

Mr Lapo said some of those students did not meet the Ministry of Education's selection criteria for awarding scholarships, which state that applicants must have completed Form 7.

"But as far as we are aware, the students of the Members of Parliament, some of them have only reached Form 6," he said.

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