Solomons Law Students In Vanuatu Desperate For Stipends

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Scholars reportedly skipping meals, lacking course materials

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Aug. 8, 2012) – Government sponsored law students studying at Emalus Campus in Vanuatu are experiencing food crisis with most of them going hungry for the past three weeks.

This follows the slow response by the government to settle their allowance to pay for food. Not only that but they still have yet to receive their course materials for their second semester.

One student told Solomon Star last night that they are now finding it hard to survive and how to get their course materials.

"At the moment we have to skip two meals and instead have one meal each day to keep us going while waiting for our allowances," the concern student said.

The student said their second semester has already started three weeks ago, but Solomon Islands students are yet to receive their course materials. "This has affected our study on the campus," the student added.

The student calls on the Ministry of Education to settle their allowances as quickly as possible.

About 74 students are currently studying Law at Emalus campus in Vanuatu.

Meanwhile, University of the South Pacific students based in Suva have reportedly received their allowance yesterday following a quick response by the government.

Attempts to get comments from the education or finance ministry last night for comments were unsuccessful.

However it’s likely the Vanuatu-based students will receive their payments soon following the release of funds by the government last week.

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