30 more new places for scholarships
Students to Benefit from Toppers Increase: Reddy
The increase in the allocation for the Toppers Scheme by $600,000 for the 2016/2017 National Budget has been welcomed by Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts, Mahendra Reddy.
“An allocation of $10.6m for the Toppers Scheme in the 2016/2017 budget is good news for students in the country,” Mr Reddy said. “This is an increase of $0.6m from the last budget.
“This addition comes with the initiative to offer 30 more new places under the Toppers scheme, bringing the total now to 630 scholarships to be taken.” Mr Reddy said the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme and the National Toppers Scheme had grown leaps and bounds since it was initiated in 2014. “The Tertiary Education Loan Scheme and National Toppers Scheme which was initiated by our government in 2014, has unlocked numerous doors of opportunities for many aspiring Fijians,” said Mr Reddy. “This programme was brought in to cancel out the plight of all Fijians who faced lots of difficulties in their quest for higher education. “We have shifted the load from those parents who were making ends meet just to send their children for tertiary education. “Some had been taking huge loans and were under so much stress and pressure. “We promised this support and we have delivered it and be rest assured that this scheme will attain higher benchmarks of service in the future.” Source: Ministry of Education
This addition comes with the initiative to offer 30 more new places under the Toppers scheme, bringing the total now to 630 scholarships to be taken.
Minister for Education