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Scholarship back

Torika Tokalau
Monday, June 09, 2014

TAMANIRARAMA Jone's iTaukei Affairs scholarship will be reinstated.

This was confirmed by Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board chairman Dixon Seeto yesterday.

Mr Jone, according to his termination of scholarship letter from TSLB, was required to abide by his institution's rules and regulations following his association in political agenda.

Mr Seeto said upon further investigation, TSLB found that basis of information which resulted in the termination were incorrect.

"The TSLB had terminated his scholarship on the basis of information given to it by the education institution involved with the student," he said. "There is a clear document trail on this case which led to the TSLB decision.

"Meanwhile, the TSLB came to be aware of certain information and decided to further investigate this matter. The investigations showed that the initial information and the resulting recommendation from the education institution were incorrect.

"The education institution later confirmed our findings on further investigation."

Mr Seeto said the TSLB relied on institutions for advice and feedback on students' performance as per their scholarship conditions.

"In this case, after its investigation, TSLB found that the information provided by the education institution was incorrect. As such, TSLB has decided to reinstate the scholarship of the student.

"The board expects all scholarship students to adhere to the conditions of their contract and follow their study program. This means that they must attend all and instructional classes as required by the institution. After all, the scholarship which is funded by government is intended for this purpose."

Mr Seeto said the board in no way restricted the activities of scholarship holders outside of their study program.

Questions sent to University of the South Pacific two weeks ago on the issue remain unanswered yesterday.

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