Solomons Students In PNG Threaten To Leave School

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State-funded scholars express frustrations over unpaid fees

By Charley Piringi

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, May 2, 2013) – Solomon Islands government-sponsored students studying at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) have threatened to withdraw from school if the government fails to pay off their registration fees.

More than 100 students said they will take the action as of tomorrow.

The students decided to take the action after they received warning letters from the UPNG vice Chancellor which warned that they have not paid their registration fees.

One of the students said according to the letter, the UPNG Vice Chancellor said the school has given ample time for the Solomon Islands government to settle its student’s registration fees but it failed to play its part.

The student said the warning caused panic to the students which prompted the decision to start withdrawing if the Government continues to ignore them.

"The Government is responsible for sending us here, why ignore this requirement, it’s a shame.

The students said they never intend to withdraw but they have no option because it makes them look "really" bad.

"And beside, we have only four weeks left for the semester to end, therefore we plead on the Government to settle this as soon as possible."

The Ministry of Education yesterday assured the students through the Solomon Islands High Commission in Port Moresby that it will pay off the students’ registration fees by tomorrow.

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