The Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development has confirmed the death of a Solomon Islands student studying at the University of the South Pacific yesterday— and they are working on plans to bring her body home.
Permanent Secretary Dr. Franco Roddie told SBMOnline in an exclusive interview this morning that the student died after illness.
The mother of 3, Angella Tabai, was studying and her husband is also a student in Fiji. She is of Malaita and Choiseul parentage.
Dr. Roddie in confirming her death says the government is working with the Education Attaché in Suva regarding repatriating of her body.
According to Dr. Roddie, they are looking at all options including the possibility of a flight before the end of this month to bring the body and also to repatriate some of the final year students.
He said a cabinet paper will be tabled before the Cabinet who will then deliberate and endorse the dates.
So far only those graduating or finishing at the end of the year will be brought home in four charters whilst the continuing students will remain in Fiji over the holiday period but the government will continue to provide them with their monthly allowances.
The death of the mother is the second for this year of Solomon Islands students studying in Fiji under Government scholarship.