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SOLOMONS STUDENTS’ REQUEST OVERDUE ALLOWANCES Funds allegedly unpaid three months into school year

By Jeremy Inifiri

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, April 13, 2012) – Distressed Solomon Islands Government (SIG) sponsored students studying at the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education (SICHE) are calling on their sponsors to quickly release their allowances.

This is because it is already been over ten weeks into the school academic year and they haven't receive any cents.

SICHE student association president, Timothy Amasia yesterday told The Solomon Star that students have continuously cried out to the government to release them their allowances however their cries always only fall on deaf years.

"We have been calling on the government (sponsors) to gives us our allowances as it is our only means of purchasing resource materials we need in carrying out our studies.

"Every time we enquire at the Ministry of Education, the officers there only tell us to wait another week.

"Some even tell us that the money has already been released, however not yet processed into our accounts.

"It is true that our means of survival here in Honiara isn’t that much of a need like other students abroad, but still we are all humans and since we are also SIG sponsored students, we feel we should receive the same treatment as our good students studying abroad," Mr. Amasia said.

He added that they will continue to enquire about their allowances until the government pays them up.

"I am not doing this for my own sake, but it’s the students who are deeply affected by this and therefore calling on the government to release their allowances so they too can get materials and resources required for studies.

"We do hope when we return from the weeklong break, our allowances should already be released to us," Mr. Amasia said.

Attempts to get relevant authorities for comments yesterday were unsuccessful.

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