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Naitasiri Lass, Siblings Bank On TELS

A family in Naitasiri will plan for the future with optimism knowing it can always bank on the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS). Like for the thousands of Fijian students
28 Dec 2018 10:00
Naitasiri Lass, Siblings Bank On TELS
Elina Rokonene at the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board office in Suva on December 27, 2018.

A family in Naitasiri will plan for the future with optimism knowing it can always bank on the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS).

Like for the thousands of Fijian students who completed high school last year, the new year will ring in exciting changes for the likes of Elina Rokonene.

The young lass, who hails from Navuniyasi, Matailobau, was among many who were already lining up at the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TSLB) office in Suva.

Elina had come from Nausori to submit her application for the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) yesterday.

The 19-year-old has enrolled in the Bachelor of Nursing programme at the Fiji National University.

“I think that nursing is a very noble profession and I have wanted to become a nurse since I was a primary school student,” she said.

Elina is the youngest of eight siblings.

She said that two of her older siblings had pursued their studies through TELS while one had been a recipient of the National Toppers Scheme.
“It would have been financially burdening on my parents if TELS was not there,” she said.

“It is a big help to students like us who need assistance.

“I have given my application and now I am just waiting for their confirmation.”

She is also planning to apply for the accommodation scheme so she can stay at the hostel instead of travelling from home every day.

“I want to be able to concentrate fully on my studies and not have to waste time in travelling every day and I am glad that because of TELS I have that option,” she added.

“Since TELS is there every student can attain tertiary qualification if they work hard enough so I would like to encourage everyone to make use of this opportunity.”
As of Friday last week, TSLB has received 4113 applications collectively said Chief Executive Officer Bobby Maharaj.

Applications for 2019 close on December 31.

Edited by Percy Kean

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