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Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar, with Jenny Seeto and permanent secretary Alison Burchell during the launch of the Tertiary Scholarship & Loans Board new logo and strategic plan at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Tuesday, December 03, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

EDUCATION Minister Rosy Akbar says she is concerned with how students have abused the education opportunities given to them.

“No matter how many opportunities put out to children, sometimes it’s abused,” Ms Akbar said.

Ms Akbar said students under the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TSLB) need to make use of the scholarship and not abuse it.

“If you are a topper or receiving a free education grant, it is very important that you make use of it because this is taxpayers money and we are accountable for every dollar — as a Government we give out — in ensuring that we promote education in our society.”

Ms Akbar said society played a much bigger role when it came to preparing the future generation and students needed to capitalise on the opportunity the Government was providing them.

“Education has to be a progressive journey if we want to achieve the vision we have.”

The TSLB has assisted 38,733 students to date.

Ms Akbar said 15,411 students have graduated while 23,322 were active students.

She said on average, 8000 students took up loans and scholarships via TSLB.

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