Solomon Islands’ University Students Threaten Boycott

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Solomon Islands’ University Students Threaten Boycott Education majors allege government failed to pay allowances

By Denver Newter

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, August 13, 2013) – Education students studying at the Solomon Island National University (SINU) are planning to boycott the start of semester two next month.

The Panatina campus based students who are currently on their six weeks practical in schools around the country issued the threat after government failed to pay their teaching experience (TE) allowances since the start of their practicum a fortnight ago.

On Friday a group of students currently undergoing their teaching practical in Honiara visited the Solomon Star office to express their frustration over the delay.

They explained that despite assurance by their sponsor (government) to meet their TE allowance, nothing has been forth coming.

"And this is very frustrating," they said.

Interim secretary of the students association at the school of education Redley Sade who spoke on behalf of the students said they wanted government to quickly solve the issue as soon as possible.

He said most of the practical students desperately need money to assist them with transportation as well as to meet other requirements when undergoing practical.

"For example in Honiara these students need their allowance to meet their daily bus fares to and from their schools each day. Not only that but we need money to buy for stationeries to use in our practical and activities," he explained.

He said that most of the students have agreed that failure by the government will see most of the students boycotting lectures when it resumes next month – September 9th.

Attempts to get the responsible officers at the ministry of education to comment on the issue yesterday were unsuccessful.

The threat by the students came just as government tries to settle all allowance for its government sponsored students studying overseas.

Students studying at Papua New Guinea and Fiji have been appealing to the government over the past weeks to pay up their allowances.

Most of the overseas students are expected to start receiving their payments this week.

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