Commonsense Prevails: Injustice Put Right
Board Chairman Dixon Seeto said that the initial information and the resulting recommendation from the education institution (The University of the South Pacific) were incorrect.
He said the Board expects all scholarship students to adhere to the conditions of their contract and follow their study program, which means they must attend all and instructional classes as required by the institution, but in no way does this restrict the activities of scholarship holders outside of their study program.
Comment. The case reflected badly on the Board and, by extension, on the Bainimamrama Government. Its opponents claimed or inferred that Government was behind the scholarship cancellation, leaving the general public with another presumed, and in this case incorrect, instance of "lack of freedom" and the absence of a "level playing ground" under the Bainimarama Government.
I trust USP will follow the paper trail to the person who supplied this incorrect information and take the appropriate action. I trust also that the Board and USP will apologize to Seruiraduvatu.