by Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, has responded to queries raised by tertiary students from Morobe, about the changes in the Gerson Solulu scholarship scheme.
It follows students’ complaints on changes to guidelines in the scholarship applications, which has seen a lot missing out on 2016 scholarships.
Student leaders, the governor and acting provincial administrator have met and agreed that the changes in scholarship guidelines won’t be applicable this year.
The students gathered as early as 9am yesterday to hear the governor’s response as to why some of them could not get sponsorship from the Morobe provincial government this year.
After a 2-hour closed door meeting, the two parties resolved to allow the Gerson Solulu scholarship scheme to proceed as normal without adherence to the alterations made in the guidelines earlier.
Last Friday, many complained of no consultations made before the scholarship guidelines were changed.
Also, some complained that the amended guideline would have left Law, Humanities and Agriculture students from being sponsored.
Last year, a submission was presented before Morobe PEC for a review of the Gerson Solulu scholarship scheme with consultations.
But, it was deferred to a later date.
The provincial government has however agreed that consultations with all stakeholders will be done later on this year, before executing policy changes in this scholarship scheme.