First flight to bring students home expected soon

The first flight to bring back the first group of the final year scholarship students in Fiji is expected at the end of this month.

A second flight is expected in early December.

Due to the burden of meeting transport and quarantine costs, the government has decided to bring back only final year scholarship students under the second repatriation phase while the continuing students will remain abroad.

According to the Chairman of the National Scholarship and Training Board (NSTB), John Avock Mahit, ongoing students staying back will be supported with allowances, housing benefits and will take courses over the break.

The list of the returning students is yet to be finalized.

Meanwhile, repatriation flights under the second repatriation phase will continue until December 7.

There was a repatriation flight from Auckland yesterday. Further flights from Auckland, Nadi, Noumea and Brisbane are expected next week.

Repatriation flights are operated by Air Vanuatu and facilitated by the government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and the National Disaster Management Office.

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