Concern over TELS support – UniFiji reduces fees to assist students

University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Prof Shaista Shameem. Picture: FILE/RAMA

The removal of Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) support for students with 200 marks to 249 is a big blow to many high school students, University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Prof Shaista Shameem said in a statement issued recently.

In response to the changes –– and in a bid to encourage students to pursue tertiary studies –– the university has discounted its program fees.

“First year students who join the School of Business and Economics, the School of Humanities and Arts, the School of Science and Technology, the Justice Devendra Pathik School of Law and the Centre for iTaukei Studies will see a reduction of 12 per cent or more in tuition fees in 2021,” Prof Shameem said.

“Students enrolling in the Foundation Studies program will enjoy a 44 per cent reduction in fees in 2021.

“In addition, students who find it difficult to pay their fees upfront will be able to arrange payment plans with the finance office.”

She said in 2021, the university would offer programs using the “face-to-face online” methodology, incorporating the “virtual classroom” to help reduce travel and accommodation costs for students.

“The university has also set up computer labs in Tavua, Lautoka, Sigatoka, Kinoya and Labasa for students who have difficulties with internet connectivity and to reduce travel costs.

“In addition the university will establish its Ba campus from January, 2021.”

Questions sent to Education Minister Rosy Akbar and Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Anjeela Jokhan on Saturday, November 28 and again yesterday remained unanswered.

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