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More Experts In Science Needed: Sayed-Khaiyum

There is a shortage of experts in the science field, students were told in a public hearing in Suva yesterday. That is why there is an emphasis on science scholarships
12 Jun 2016 09:02
More Experts In Science Needed: Sayed-Khaiyum
Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the Budget Forum at Suva Grammar School yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

There is a shortage of experts in the science field, students were told in a public hearing in Suva yesterday.

That is why there is an emphasis on science scholarships according to Attorney-General and Minister for Finance Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

He was responding to a question why there was an imbalance in the allocation of scholarships with emphasis on science. He spoke to a packed hall of students at Suva Grammar School yesterday as he continued his Budget Forums for students.

There was one suggestion from students that there should be a balance in the issue for scholarships for science and arts. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the emphasis on the science field was because of the shortage of people in science fields.

He said most people who wanted to apply for Toppers scholarships were from a good history background.

“But he added Fiji was lacking in doctors, nurses, engineers, marine scientist and more. And there was only limited amount of funds.”

He said Government wanted to help students in areas the country was lacking to improve national development. He said there was a lack of experts in science.

“The whole emphasis is on Toppers to find the students in the science field areas,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said we wanted to expand the number of people in our science fields to help the country.

 

Creating Jobs

A student of Jai Narayan College asked if the Fijian Government could provide some facilities for the students to create more job opportunities in the science field.

“Most people in Fiji need to go overseas for treatment or get surgeons from overseas for the patients with heart problems,” he said.

“Is the Government willing to support the youths willing to create new job opportunities in regards to expanding the science field?” the student asked.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “I agree that we currently are lacking specialists in Fiji and we have been looking at the trade industry to review this matter.

“We would like to expand those areas where we can keep our money within the country.

“We currently have students who attend the Fiji School of Medicine and many have graduated to become a doctor.

“But that does not mean they can perform surgeries on their own without much experience.

“The reason being is that previously, the Government did not invest in our people,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said the Government had increased the number of doctor and nurses positions in the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

“We need doctors, nurses and psychologists since there is a demand for it and in Fiji we have neglected those areas.

“In fact, many people need them for their health which we are trying to fix and get more specialists in for the betterment of our own people,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“This consultation has never been done before and we are consulting the students because they are the future of Fiji,” he said.

 

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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