First year Fiji National University students, Napolioni Yauraki and Sulia Tinaiwati, got more than they wished for yesterday after meeting the Prime Minister in Suva.
They were part of the more than 100 students and parents who were at Suvavou House to voice their concerns regarding the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme commonly known as TELS.
With both parents unemployed and living in Nasigasiga Village in Dreketi, Macuata the students of Koronivia had each other to lean on yesterday as they tried out their luck. Mr Yauraki already has a scholarship studying agriculture for two years but he missed out on his accommodation because he failed to submit his invoice on time. Ms Tinaiwati, on the other hand was there to seek an accommodation allowance as well although she was not a scholarship holder. Instead, she was given a six year scholarship for Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry studies. Both students said they do not want to be a burden on their relatives. “My parents would be really happy and I can’t wait to relay the message to them. It’s not easy living with relatives which is the very reason why I wanted to stay in the hostel. When I was told that my invoice was late, I was worried about who was going to pay for my fees. “It’s my lucky day and I thank the PM for assisting me,” Mr Yauraki said. Ms Tinaiwati said it was a blessing not only for her but also for her family. “I came here with high hopes of getting an accommodation scholarship but the PM gave me a full scholarship for my six years of studies,” the former Dreketi High School student said. “My parents will no longer worry about my fees. All that’s left is for me to do my part, repay my scholarship and give back to my family. The PM was such a nice a man.” Source: Fiji Sun, 14 April 2014.