School results debacle

Principal says 15 students passed from Honiara High FIFTEEN form six students of Honiara High School were selected to do form seven this year, the school’s principal Johnny Maetia says. Nine will do arts while six for science, he added. Mr Maetia was responding to the widespread public criticism of his administration after the results…

NTU plans to sign MOU with tertiary institutions

THE National Training Unit (NTU) of the Ministry of Education Human Resource Development (MEHRD) is working on a plan to establish an agreement with the overseas tertiary institutions that hosts government sponsored students. The initiative is being given attention because students’ results are often held up. NTU director Clement Tito assured students on Monday the…

Swell warning issued

A SWELL warning was issued yesterday afternoon to people living on low lying islands off Malaita, as well as those in northern Choiseul, Isabel, Makira, and Temotu. The Weather office issued the warning in light of current weather conditions. “There is a possibility of coastal inundation over low lying islands and atolls,” the warning advice…

Four domestic airports in upgrading priority list

THE MINISTRY of Communication and Aviation is planning to upgrade four provincial airstrips under its priority list. They are Lata (Temotu province), Kirakira (Makira Ulawa), Taro (Choiseul) and Gwounoru’u in Malaita province. Permanent secretary, Francis Lomo said the ministry wants to tar-seal these airstrips because of the demands on their traffic routes by the travelling…

$1.2M released, Munda airport phase 2 to roll

WORK on the second phase of Munda International airport in the Western Province is set to resume in coming months. The green light to commence the second phase came on after the Voramali tribal leaders received the remaining $1.2 million of goodwill payment from the government in Honiara yesterday to allow the New Zealand contractor…

Allowance increase for USP, Fiji students

THE Government (SIG) will increase allowances of students studying at the University of South Pacific (Fiji) this year. Solomon Islands National Training Unit (NTU) Director Clement Tito during a meeting with students this week assured students they are expecting an increase in their study allowances. Mr Tito said that the increase will be around $300…

Why the silence? Manele asks PM

THE Parliamentary Opposition has questioned the Prime Minister as to why he remained tight-lipped over the cost and justification of the 39 political appointees. In a statement, Opposition leader Jeremiah Manele said the silent treatment is an indication that the Prime Minister is guilt-ridden over the fact that the lists of names of the appointees…

Parliament row an internal matter: PS

THE Ministry of Public Service will deal with the petition by staff of the National Parliament against resigned clerk Taeasi Sanga and her deputy Florence Naesol internally. This came after the staff demanded the government not to reinstate Mrs. Sanga and remove Mrs Naesol. Permanent secretary of Ministry of Public Service, Nego Sisiolo said a…