GOVERNMENT sponsored students studying at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Laucala Campus in Suva are calling for the release of their second semester allowance.
A number of students speaking to this paper via facebook said many of them are being affected by the delay.
One student said, the issue of allowance delay has become an ongoing headache for more than a decade now, because life in a different country is not that same with how people at home think.
“People at home don’t experience the stress and awkward feelings that continues to disturb our living and studies in Fiji because landlords are threatening us every time to pay up the rental, without realising that students even find it hard to fill their stomach every day,” he said.
The disgruntle student added that some students not even attend classes since Monday.
“If I do study at home I have no problem with this embarrassing situation here in Suva, because in Honiara I can still eat food that satisfy my appetite, without a 10 cent spent and I can sleep comfortably without holding my breath for fear of my landlord like what am experiencing now,” the student said.
He added hunger and starvation is certainly felt by all SIG sponsored students and this has led them to seek credit from other friends, which further puts their survival in debts while only few lucky ones their parents at home sent in money for them.
The students said that the situation there is awkward and undesirable.
Meanwhile, a well place source within the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) told this paper yesterday that the students allowance have already transferred over to Fiji and students should expect their allowance to be in their bank account by tomorrow (Friday) or early next week.
By STEPHEN DIISANGO