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PS of Education takes over scholarships from SITESA for indefinite period

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Following public outrage on the administration of government scholarships, the Minister of Education and Human Resources has directed her Permanent Secretary to take control of the scholarships portfolio from SITESA to speed up the 2023 awards due to delays by the SITESA Management.

The intervention was based on the advice from the Attorney-General resulting in the Minister of Education and Human Resources Lanelle Tanangada to direct her PS Dr. Franco Roddie to take over the role of Chief Executive Officer of SITESA regarding scholarships.

Speaking exclusively to SBMOnline today, Dr Roddie said: “All I can say is that I am providing an oversight role – to troubleshoot and speed up the 2023 scholarship awards due to delays by the SITESA Management. You’d appreciate that the national scholarship division is the key administrator of scholarships and also manages the SIG Scholarship Program. The instruction for me to oversight comes from the Minister under the powers and duties spelt out in the SITESA Act and in concurrence with the advice issued by the AG based on his review and analysis of the Act.”

Dr Roddie further explains that SITESA is still there and will always be there to run tertiary education and skills development in the country adding that it has a very important function to run the Qualification Authority and will continue to enforce the regulatory system.

However, the PS said: “It is the role of the Chief Executive Office from scholarship that I am now over-sighting for an indefinite period, hopefully, until the SITESA Act is amended toward the end of the year.”

Dr. Roddie said so far only 583 scholarships have been issued out of the 1,000 who were supposed to be given scholarships this year.

“So this issue and the delays and complaints etc are what I have asked to troubleshoot,” he said.

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