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A-G guides students on grievance process

The Attorney-General and Minister for Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum assured students of their right to appeal if they had grievances with the Tertiary Scholarship Loans Board (TSLB) decisions. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed
22 Mar 2018 10:59
A-G guides students on grievance process
Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, during the Budget consultation with students from the University of the South Pacific in Suva yesterday on March 21, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Attorney-General and Minister for Education Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum assured students of their right to appeal if they had grievances with the Tertiary Scholarship Loans Board (TSLB) decisions.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum confirmed this during the Budget consultations at the University of the South Pacific, Laucala Campus yesterday.

He emphasised that students needed to understand that by the law, if they are unhappy about something or if they believe they had grievances with what the TSLB had done, they had the right of appeal to the Solicitor-General.

“Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma, he is the person you can take your grievances to and he then looks at the appeal and makes a decision, so you have the ability to challenge any of the decisions by TSLB,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He highlighted that the government had given TSLB $2 million to upgrade and invest in an IT system.

This to enable the board to provide updated statements to the students of the money that has been disbursed into their accounts.

He said what the Government wanted the TSLB to do was to give the students a statement every six months on how much money  had been disbursed to them so that they had a running checklist of how much money the students have received … which is their debt.

TSLB chief executive officer Bobby Maharaj said it would take at least four months to complete the project which the board would start working on next month.

“Once that is done, the students will be able to have a login portal and they will be able to log in at any point in time to view their statement in terms of what was disbursed term by term,” Mr Maharaj said.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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