Government tightens student loan criteria

The Government has ushered in changes to the Student Loans Scheme to make borrowers more responsible, improve the effectiveness of the benefits extended and ensure a better repayment system, two Ministers of the Crown have said. Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce and Revenue Minister Peter Dunne said in a statement issued on July 18 that the changes introduced in Budget…

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Education leads suffering Indians to success

I have always held the view that in Fiji, Indo-Fijians invested heavily in the education of their children and built schools, while I-Taukei, the indigenous people, invested heavily in churches. Indo-Fijians perceived education as the ultimate liberation from discriminatory policies and practices of the Government. In the Colonial era, the Government wanted Indians to be the hewers of wood and…

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Maths mavin gets Silver at global contest

When Arun Shanmuganathan won a Silver Medal at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO 2011) held recently in Amsterdam, we were happy and proud but not surprised. The teenager, now in Year 13 pursuing International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme has several such records to his credit. He topped the list of New Zealand boys at the Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad held…

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Virtual explorer wins first FP Scholarship

A west Auckland business student researching the marketing secrets of the ‘Virtual Frontier,’ has won a scholarship set up to support innovation. Unitec Institute of Technology student Neil Gautam won the inaugural Fisher and Paykel Healthcare Master of Business Thesis Award, valued at $5000. He hopes to complete his thesis on Branding in the Virtual Realm of Video Games in…

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Is Independence Day losing significance?

The concept of blissful enthusiasm comprises rigour, which emerges from conscious turmoil of thought and feeling. When this psycho-mechanical process does not stir us, we lose the nerve to participate and associate in any socio-cultural activity. The youngsters of ‘Generation Next’ are accused of lacking the urge, which comes out of concordant initiatives and a natural erudite and patriotic public…

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