In the National Assembly, Tematai Le Gayic denounced the instability of Polynesian students

In the National Assembly, Tematai Le Gayic denounced the instability of Polynesian students

According to a publication by the Institute of Statistics in Polynesia (ISPF), depending on the year, between 33 and 36% of new singles in French Polynesia pursue studies in French higher education, two times less than the six. The numbers were called up by Tematai Le Gayic on Tuesday at the assembly.

Independent MP points an accusing finger at the education system “Not adapting to Polynesian realities. Our students face a shortage and inappropriateness of courses offered in the country, forcing them to leave or choose courses though”.

Another problem according to the deputy: “The majority of Polynesian students do not have the financial resources to go to France to continue their studies. Two figures: Papeete-Paris, 18,000 km, 22 flying hours, 2500 euros. Vatu Haifa Tahiti, 1 night on a boat, 4 hours flying, 1000 euros. Moreover , many young people do not get scholarships or bank loans. Scholarships are insufficient and do not exceed 500 euros. And for bank loans to students, the interest rate is 3.9%, much higher than those in France. Thus, when we are lucky that these young people do not They stop their studies, they look for odd jobs to feed themselves, and they are sometimes forced into prostitution.”

Tematai Le Gayic suggests a profile Creating a standalone income of 120,000 XPF for students, lowering and freezing the student loan interest rate, expanding the number of students eligible for the state-guaranteed loan, increasing plane ticket payment from 50 to 75% under the Navigation Passport Scheme for eligible families and expanding the criteria for obtaining 100% coverage so more families can take advantage of it, leaving the Democratic and Republican parties unsettled by the student.”

The Minister of Higher Education and Research, Sylvie Rétayo, thanked Tematai le Gayic for “To put to the heart the issues of student life and the living conditions of students, most notably at home in French Polynesia.”

“In general, the first cycle will be a priority in the policy that we are going to review and in particular the first cycle abroad and in Polynesia,” she stated before remembering that she had announced: “A project worth €11 million was Awarded to the University of French Polynesia last week, based on the Bachelor’s degree in particular. adapted to the local economy but also to the very important sustainable development challenges in your island and at the level of French Polynesia.”

12 months instead of 10 months of scholarships for Polynesian students

Regarding student life support, There was help we announced on an economic basis like all students. (…) You have a 4% re-evaluation of scholarships, but effectively for Polynesian scholarship holders, the fact that they can get 12 months compared to the traditional 10 months to benefit from these scholarships It was linked either to the difficulties of the island or to the difficulties associated with the distance. Studies conducted in France have been mentioned. At this particular point, we will implement (…) proactive measures, in relation to the travel of Polynesian students as well as from New Caledonia. And at the beginning of the school year, we added two charging points for scholarships, especially for Polynesian and New Caledonia students, which can be added at the beginning of the school year regarding dimension difficulties. And believe me, we will follow this very carefully as a set of conditions for student life.”

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