11 Mar 2013

Kiribati government researching student loan scheme

2:10 pm on 11 March 2013

The Ministry of Education in Kiribati says it is researching the way it funds its student loan scheme in response to a request from students who have missed out on tertiary scholarships.

A Senior Education Officer at the Ministry, Danietta Apisai, says officials are closely consulting and reviewing loan schemes in New Zealand and Australia.

Ms Apisai says the Government is this year paying for 90 students to study at the University of the South Pacific in both Tarawa and Fiji.

The New Zealand and Australian embassies also fund some Kiribati students with scholarships to study in Fiji, New Zealand and Australia, but they do not offer loans.

New Zealand Scholarship Officer Bereti Bureimoa says recipients of scholarships are required to complete their studies and return to work for the government in Kiribati.