WEWAK MP Jim Simatab has expressed interest in sending Wewak district students to study at the universities and colleges in Fiji.
This was discussed during a meeting with Fijian High Commissioner Romanu Tiko Tikoca and the PNG Fiji Business Council representatives in Wewak, East Sepik, last Friday.
Simatab said it was good to expose students for at least two years of study in Fiji where they would study well instead of Australia or New Zealand where they often felt inferior.
He said the district spends K2 million each year on education which it can use to assist students study in Fiji because he believed the Fijians have a better way of doing things and when these students return, they would contribute in changing the district.
Simatab, who is the Correctional Service Minister, told the Fijian delegation that the national government has spent so much money on health and education but if they travelled to a village, they would realise that people were still living like before.
Tikoca said they had PNG students already attending six secondary schools in Fiji while the Fijian government has granted scholarship for 50 students who are studying tourism and hospitality in a college in Fiji this year.
“But for Wewak district, I will discuss your interest with the government of Fiji when I will be there next week and hopefully come back with a response for you,” he said.
“If all goes well, we will ask the Fiji National University to charge local fees and not international fees.
“The other option that is available is for us to get our people from Fiji to come up here and conduct trainings here.”
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