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Students seek help from A-G over graduation matter

The Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum could relook at the schedule for the Budget Consultation at the University of Fiji in Lautoka next month. This comes after, law
22 Mar 2018 11:00
Students seek help from A-G over graduation matter
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 Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum could relook at the schedule for the Budget Consultation at the University of Fiji in Lautoka next month.

This comes after, law students of the university informed Mr Sayed-Khaiyum during the 2018-2019 Budget Consultation at the University of Fiji in Suva yesterday, the reasons for their law graduation being postponed.

The law students’ graduation scheduled for April 6th has been moved to April 13th.

A law student told Mr Sayed-Khaiyum that an advertisement regarding the change of date had appeared in the media.

The student said they later received a letter from the school advising them the graduation had been moved to the April 13th due to unforeseen circumstances.

He said the letter was then submitted to the Attorney-General’s office.

Further query revealed that the change  was made to accommodate the National Budget Consultation that was to be held in Lautoka on the 5th, a day before the graduation.

The law students asked Mr Sayed-Kkaiyum for the graduation to proceed as originally planned because families from overseas and from outside Lautoka were already in the city sorting out their accommodation.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he did receive the letter from the students, enquired with the school and was informed that only one to two students were complaining and the graduation was not affected.

He said the Budget consultation for Lautoka at University of Fiji was scheduled for  April 5th and the graduation was the 6th.

He did not understand why the school used the consultation as an excuse to move the graduation.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said he would talk to the school about the matter but he could not force the institution into any decision.

Meanwhile, more submissions were made to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum requesting for more resources, library text books and computer labs.

Students also raised concerns that there were fewer iTaukei and English text books for language studies and education students.

Many of them have had to use the University of the South Pacific library and Fiji National University.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum acknowledged the issues raised and said universities were academic institutions and had to be independent.

“We cannot tell the university what they must do, they might jump and say government is interfering.

“What you’re raising is general accessibility to schools, recreational areas, we can raise the issue with them and they do come during budget time and we let them know of the submissions.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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