2 Jun 2014

USP student scholarship terminated for political involvement

6:30 am on 2 June 2014

The Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board in Fiji has confirmed that a student at the University of the South Pacific has had his scholarship taken away because of his association with politics.

A hotel management student, Tamani Seruiraduvatu, received a letter from the board last week.

Mary Baines reports.

"The letter says Tamani Seruiraduvatu has been associating himself in political agendas without taking into consideration his obligation to the Ministry of i-Taukei Affairs. The letter does not outline what those obligations are but says his actions amount to personal negligence and misconduct. The board says Mr Seruiraduvatu will have to pay back all his scholarship money he has received so far. He says the letter arrived after a local newspaper published an item showing him doing voluntary work, collecting signatures for independent candidate, Roshika Deo. Mr Seruiraduvatu says he has not been given an opportunity by the board or the USP to explain his point of view. He says he intends to keep working for Ms Deo."