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Scholarship apology

Dawn Gibson
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

THE University of the South Pacific has apologised at the way one of its students' scholarship was terminated.

While Tamanirarama Jone's scholarship was reinstated earlier this week, USP has also expressed regret at the experience he went through, insisting it was in no way an attempt to "restrict attendance at any political event".

In a statement issued yesterday, USP explained what transpired some three weeks ago.

"A member of USP staff wrote to the student indicating that the student's intention not to attend a field trip, an integral component of his course, was not appropriate," the USP said in a statement.

"She had copied this correspondence to the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs because the student was on their scholarship.

"The intention of the USP staff was to alert the sponsor of the scholarship that its sponsored student had chosen not to take part in a field trip, based on Mr Tamanirarama's advice at that point in time.

"There was no intention on the part of the university to restrict attendance at any political event.

"Its intention was simply to ensure that an important assessed course was properly attended and TSLB was copied in to ensure that they are aware that the student is missing this field trip paid by Ministry of iTaukei Affairs, as the sponsor. The reference to political campaigning wrongly became an issue."

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