Parents urged to pay up

Faumamanu Community High School in east Kwara’ae, Malaita, will open its doors for student enrollment this month, That’s according to the deputy principal primary Matthew Raimae Gereniu. Raimae urged parents and students to turn on registration day, February 8. He called on parents to pay up their children’s fees on registration day. “Last year the…

Auki teachers told to be honest

Teachers who will be posted to Auki Community High School in Malaita this year are urged to perform their duties faithfully and honestly. A parent of the school, who asked not to be named, said the rate of teacher absenteeism at the school last year was worrying. “This had affected the academic performance of the…

Call to review road contracts

Authorities are urged to review the labour-based road maintenance being done along some of Malaita’s roads. North Malaita man John Andrew Kiri said it does not make sense when these contractors are cleaning up along sides of the road while the roads themselves are in their worst of state. “I would like to think that…

New home for artists on the way

The National Art Gallery is currently working on a semi-permanent building project to be used by those selling their art works on the streets of Honiara. This was confirmed by the National Art Gallery curator Brian Afia and Solomon Islands Artist Association president Bani Roni. Afia said the project is still in its ground work…

Ghiro action sparks outrage

East Makira MP Alfred Ghiro has advised his constituents that he will only meet school fees of children whose parents supported him in the last election. And he had reportedly posted a notice on the door of his West Kola’a Ridge home in Honiara with the words “Supporters Only” to remind those who did not…

SIEITI commits to do its role

The Solomon Islands Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (SIEITI) is dedicating itself to ensure the government, companies, landowners and other relevant stakeholders are well informed about resource benefits from the mining industry. This was revealed by SIEITI director and Under Secretary – Economics for the Ministry of Finance and Treasury, Mckinnie Dentana and their communications officer…

Gov’t told to focus on job creation

A local prominent businessman says the national government should put its focus on creating job opportunities. The businessman, who asked not to be named, said the increasing incidences of lawlessness were a product of the high unemployment rate in the country. His call came after the Democratic Coalition for Change released its policy statement last…

Clerk plans public awareness about roles

Western Province intends to conduct public awareness on the roles of its clerk this year. The province’s newly appointed clerk Gideon Tuke confirmed this to the Sunday Star. Tuke said one of the first things he’s going to do is raise awareness about his role to the people.  “Many people in the province do not…

Why is Whiteside still here?

A police officer has questioned why Russell Islands Plantation Estates Limited (RIPEL) general manager John Whiteside is still here despite not having a work or residential permit. The officer, who asked not to be named, said this is quite surprising because no foreigner who has no work or residential permit should be allowed to live…

Call to improve BSP service at Kirakira

A teacher in Makira Ulawa Province claims the service Bank South Pacific (BSP) agency in Kirakira provides to its clients was poor and unreliable. The teacher, a bank client who asked not to be named, said the service was inefficient, poor, and simply unreliable. “We find it very frustrating every time we come during paydays…