10 Aug 2006

Kiribati opposition says media ignores scholarship bungle

1:59 pm on 10 August 2006

Kiribati's Former Secretary to Cabinet and opposition MP Dr Tetaua Taitai says local media are shying away from reporting on the government's controversial allocation of university scholarships.

18 students were selected who had not qualified to enter degree programmes at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, while other students who had made the grade weren't selected.

The president has not released a report of a commission of inquiry into the matter which was completed three months ago.

Dr Taitai says even though it's not being reported locally, everybody's talking about it.

"The one media that has been quite vocal on this matter has now ceased its operations. And the two main papers and the radio haven't come out with anything on this matter yet."

Dr Taitai says the cost of scholarships every year is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.