Vanuatu Recalls State-Sponsored Students In Philippines

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Education minister: students will be assigned to Pacific schools

By Jonas Cullwick

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, July 8, 2013) – The Government of Vanuatu is to repatriate all Government-sponsored students studying in the Philippines.

In a circular addressed to parents, guardians, the public and students studying in the Philippines, the Minister of Education, Bob Loughman, announced that all Vanuatu Government sponsored students will be repatriated out from all institutions they are at in the Philippines.

He said in the last two to three years, Vanuatu students in the Philippines continued to face adverse incidents from petty cases to more serious ones in recent times. He said these cases ranged from offenses, crimes, and deaths compared to other Vanuatu Government-sponsored students in our region. Lougman said academic results are also of grave concern.

"Therefore, as the minister responsible for education, and by virtue of power vested in me as minister, I take this occasion to inform all parents, guardians, public and all students currently on Vanuatu Government sponsorship and studying in various institutions in the Philippines, that all Vanuatu Government sponsored students will be repatriated out from all institutions they are at in the Philippines to various institutions in the region – Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and New Caledonia, once they meet the admission criteria," the Minister said.

He acknowledged the direction which parents and individual guardians undertook ownership of the responsibility to send their children to study in the Philippines saying "it has been very impressive." He said it underscored the value of education to the people of this country as an important contributor to economic development, improved living standards, and it provides better employment opportunities.

In 2011, the Ministry of Education through the National Education Council and the Vanuatu Scholarship Unit also participated to encourage continued training in the Philippines by awarding scholarships to some students. Today, the total number of Vanuatu Government sponsored students is 57. This is an increase of 31 % from 2011 when there were around 27 students.

This increase shows that the Vanuatu Government continues to support the training of Vanuatu citizens in the Philippines, until the students continued to face the challenges that have led the government to take the decision it has now taken, Minister Lougman added.

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