Termination of Fiji scholarship must be explained
Updated at 6:45 pm on 5 June 2014
A former professor of the University of the South Pacific says those who terminated a student’s scholarship have an obligation to Fiji taxpayers to explain their decision.
Two weeks ago, a Bachelor of Commerce student, Tamani Seruiraduvatu, was told by the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board his government scholarship was taken away because of his work with aspiring independent candidate, Roshika Deo.
Wadan Narsey says the scholarship is funded by taxpayers, who have a right to demand accountability from the board chairman, Dixon Seeto, and the USP vice chancellor, Rajesh Chandra, who is also a board member.
“Public officers are simply refusing to be accountable to the public on a matter which is so important. If they do not reinstate this scholarship, it is going to reflect very, very badly on Bainimarama’s party and whoever has been responsible for terminating this scholarship. I mean it is a shameful episode in the history of this regime.”
A former USP professor, Wadan Narsey.
The USP has said it is independent from the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board and queries should be addressed to its chairman, Dixon Seeto, who however has refused all comment to Radio New Zealand International.