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NEC pupils repay 50pc

Salaseini Moceiwai
Monday, May 05, 2014

STUDENTS educated at the National Employment Centre (NEC) will only pay back half of their sponsored fees to the training institution and not all.

The clarification from Labour Minister Jone Usamate in Labasa last week follows concerns raised by some students regarding NEC deducting their wages for some time.

Mr Usamate said: "If NEC has provided a sponsorship of $1000 to a student to study at the centre, the student has to pay back $500 when he or she works."

"Before a student joins NEC, he or she has to sign an agreement that clearly states the paying back of half of the fees to the centre when they work. It's not that NEC is going to continue deducting the wages of the students but it will just have to take what was agreed to in the first place."

Mr Usamate said once the fees were cleared, NEC would stop deducting.

"NEC will deduct little by little on every payday. The centre can deduct $5 or $10 on every pay day.

"Once it sees that the student has paid half of his or her fees, it will stop deducting. There are no interest fees applied. NEC is just going to take half of the fees from the student's wages as agreed to in the first place."





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