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Government to revamp education loan scheme

08:25 Sun Aug 18, 2013


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Report by: Epeli Tukuwasa

Every child has a right to tertiary education.

This is one of the reasons Government is looking at revamping the current education loan scheme.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says Government has put in place a new 2.2-million dollar Tertiary Education Loan Scheme for students who can’t afford higher education.

The right to education and the ambition to pursue it is not something that should depend on a family’s ability to pay tuition fees. My Government believes that education should be readily available to all Fijians, wherever they live and whatever their circumstances.

Bainimarama says Government is looking at pumping a lot of money into the scheme .

I am currently looking at revamping the current loan and scholarship schemes so that any Fijian who wants a tertiary education can get one. So no Fijian student who gains university entrance will be prevented from taking up their place because they can’t afford it.

Bainimarama says this scheme has also been prompted by the need for more skilled trades people.

He says Government has embarked on a major program with the Fiji National University to train a new generation of trades people and farmers.



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