BY LESLEY FOINAGWA
STUDENTS from West Kwaio, Malaita province who had unpaid fees during their tertiary level studies from 2019 to 2021 at the Solomon Islands National University have received assurance of financial assistance from their Member of Parliament for West Kwaio Honourable Claudius Teifi.
This is to enable them to continue with their academic studies or to graduate.
The assurance was announced by Honourable Claudius Teifi during a recent meeting held at the Tandai Motel, west of Honiara on 16 October 2022.
Over the years, parents of the West Kwaio constituency have depended on their members of parliament to assist with the funding of their children’s university fees.
According to the Member of Parliament for West Kwaio, under his new political leadership, his priority is to invest in human resources, more especially the students who are the future leaders of the West Kwaio Constituency.
Honorable Claudius Teifi was recently elected into the national parliament after winning this year’s national by-elections held in the West Kwaio constituency.
He assured all Solomon Islands National University (SINU) students, parents, and guidance of the West Kwaio Constituency of his desire to clear all outstanding fees (SBD$827,496.00) if funds are available by the end of this year.
“At the moment, the funds available are limited and not enough to facilitate the clearance of all the outstanding fees, however, I will clear the outstanding balance once funds are available,” he clarified.
He noted that it is sad to hear West Kwaio students were unable to complete their studies or even graduate because of outstanding fees.