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PSC owed $11m

Ropate Valemei
Friday, February 08, 2013

THE Public Service Commission has recorded $11.1million student loans owing over the years.

And they are intending to collect $2.8million this year.

PSC acting permanent secretary Iliesa Lutu said the most challenging aspect they faced when collecting bonds was the non-ability to trace the students after they had graduated.

"The loan owing over the years stand at $11,112,746.18 and the Public Service Commission is intending to collect $2.8million this year," Mr Lutu said.

"When the students find employment, their first priority should be the loan repayment to the government," he said.

"However, we have found that most of them tend to forget about it and they do not inform the Public Service Commission of changes to their phone and mobile numbers as well as their home addresses.

"What PSC does in this circumstance is to send a message first and a follow- up reminder letter to the given addresses provided by the students copied to their guarantors.

"Failure to respond within 21 days of the letter being issued leads to PSC contacting and liaising with the guarantors' employers if they are in the private sector or statutory bodies and sending direct deduction letters to the two guarantors' employers for direct deduction from their salaries.

"If the guarantors are civil servants, letters for direct deduction are sent to their respective ministries."

Once the guarantors are taken to task, Mr Lutu said they would search for the students and bring them to the notification of the PSC for loan repayment.

"The other two measures we take in terms of finding the former students are through the Immigration watch list and the Data Bureau," Mr Lutu said.


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