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What Budget Mean To You-Student Testimonials: Our Submissions Were Not Only Considered but Incorporated

Students are happy that their submissions during the Budget Consultations earlier this year were not only taken into consideration but also incorporated in the 2017-2018 National Budget allocation. The Attorney-General
01 Jul 2017 10:49
What Budget Mean To You-Student Testimonials: Our Submissions Were Not Only Considered but Incorporated
Farhan Mohammad. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Students are happy that their submissions during the Budget Consultations earlier this year were not only taken into consideration but also incorporated in the 2017-2018 National Budget allocation.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during the Budget consultations had toured many schools in the major divisions and listened to students on what they hoped to see in the 2017-2018 Budget.

Not only did he consider their submissions but it was incorporated in the Budget resulting in the education sector receiving the biggest allocation of $964.4 million.

This is indicative of Government’s move to involve youths in the decision-making process.

Students under the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme (TELS) enrolled in semester based courses will receive an allowance of $6600 per annum or $3300 per semester compared to what is currently received, $4334 per annum.

Varsha Singh, a student from the Fiji National University was overwhelmed by the fact that their suggestions had been taken onboard by Mr Sayed-Khaiyum. He made the announcement on Thursday.

“I wish to thank Mr Sayed-Khaiyum for the increase in allowance. These were some of the suggestions made during the budget consultations and this has now come to be,” she said.

“The consultations were meant for this and we are glad that such consultations were held.”

At one of the budget consultations at USP Laucala Campus this year, a student had informed Mr Sayed-Khaiyum that at the end of the day, students receive $7 a day from the allowance.

Farhan Mohammed, a final year law student at USP agreed that the new allocation was a good improvement, especially, for students from the West and the rural areas who travel to Suva to study at the Laucala Campus.

“Through the new budget, we can now utilise the extra money for better accommodation arrangements instead of worrying about the allowances being finished early. We now do not need to look for a part-time job to cover our expenses,” Mr Mohammed said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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