SOLOMON Islands students studying in Papua New Guinea’s institutions have renewed their calls for the national government to immediately release their last tranche of allowances for the second semester.
It was revealed most of the students received the first tranche since mid of last month but since then nothing has come through.
Those studying at Divine Word University in Madang said they have seven weeks left before the academic year ends.
“It is important we received our allowances on time so that we meet our important needs and as well as stationaries for us to use during our schooling throughout this semester,” a statement issued by the students’ association said.
“The ministry of finance and treasury responded to us this week via email, saying they are waiting for the PV and students lists from the ministry of education and human resources development before allowance is released.”
On Monday the Solomon Islands High Commission in Port Moresby also informed the students via email that the MEHRD is still liaising with the finance ministry to sort out the last tranche of second semester allowance.
“Our fear is Parliament is going to dissolve in few weeks’ time and the payment might not happen. Our call for the responsible ministries must not fall on deaf ears.
“If USP students in Laucala Campus in Fiji had got their full allowances, then why not us?”