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Scholarship future worries student activist

Torika Tokalau
Sunday, June 01, 2014

TAMANIRARAMA Jone hopes his iTaukei Affairs Board scholarship will be reinstated so he can sit for his final exams for semester one this month.

The 21-year-old second year Bachelor of Commerce student of the University of the South Pacific had his scholarship terminated for what he says is his involvement in a political activity.

He said he was only exercising his political right when he joined Roshiko Deo's political activity.

"I don't see any violation or any wrong doing of my involvement in Roshika Deo's 'Be the Change Campaign' as I was clearly just exercising my political right," Mr Jone said.

"All I ask at this moment is for the re-instating of my scholarship."

He said he decided to reveal his identity because he had just finished sitting for a test for one of his compulsory units.

"I have just finished a test paper and I wanted to concentrate on that.

"I feared that if I had revealed my identity up-front I would be victimised.

"I have no idea whether I will be able to sit for my finals in June since my termination letter mentioned that I had been terminated as from semester one."

Mr Jone, who is from Ra, said he was frustrated with the development, adding it had affected his studies greatly.

"This termination has affected my studies and my concentration at the moment. However with all the support I am getting, I am trying to lift my head up high and I am just trying to take each day as it comes."

TSLB chairman Dixon Seeto said once a scholarship was handed out, the board and the student signed a confidentiality agreement that prevented each party from discussing the issue with other people.

However, he added the board would administer all rules and requirements that were outlined by a contract signed by each party.

The board chairman said if one of the parties was found to be in breach of the contract then action would be taken.

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