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Simmons Praises Scheme For Breakthrough

The chance to study geography has come true for 22-year-old Nemani Simmons. Mr Simmons said he was positive when he applied for the loan because that was his only hope.
08 Mar 2018 11:00
Simmons Praises Scheme For Breakthrough
Nemani Simmons was fortunate to be granted a tertiary loan to study geography. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka.

The chance to study geography has come true for 22-year-old Nemani Simmons.

Mr Simmons said he was positive when he applied for the loan because that was his only hope.

“My dad had retired before I joined USP and all he had in his pocket was the money he received from his Fiji National Provident Fund pension,” he said.

“He thought of opening a small canteen in our village so that income could continue generating as he was the sole breadwinner before my siblings started working.

“I had only two options either to apply through TELS or work but when I received my TELS confirmation letter, I was overjoyed.

“I was fortunate to be granted the loan to study so I could have a better job in the future along with my degree.

“I am grateful to TELS for giving me the opportunity to study further as it took off a big burden off from my parent’s shoulders to pay for my fees.”

He is currently a final-year student studying double major in geography and geospatial Science at the University of the South Pacific.

He completed his Year 12 at from Labasa Sangam College in 2015.

Mr Simmons, originally of Mavana in Nasekula Village, Labasa, is the youngest of three siblings.

He said TELS was the way forward for Fiji because it gave opportunities to all Fijians, regardless of their ethnic background

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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