20 March 2015
Tokelau students at the University of the South Pacific Centre in Tokelau will soon find studying life much easier with new satellites to be installed by June of this year.
Director of education, Seiuli Aleta, has confirmed that the project is in good progress. Ulu of Tokelau, Aliki Faipule, and Siopili Perez has prioritised the project and the Tokelau Education Department is awaiting quotes from suppliers that are liaising with Telecommunication to ensure platforms are ready before satellites are installed.
The satellite will see students from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Tokelau have direct access to the main University of the South Pacific main campus in Laucala, Fiji.
The University of the South Pacific on Atafu is the only campus on Tokelau with a Satellite installed.
The new installed satellite will be installed on Nukunonu and Fakaofo campuses by June.
Tokelau’s Teletok Communication’s internet service is currently the only arrangement in place for students on Fakaofo and Nukunonu.
Having the satellite installed will not only provide direct access to education material needed for the students but will also boost access speed, and won’t disrupt connection when the internet service fails.
Tokelau currently has 69 students undertaking courses in the preliminary, degree and foundation level.
The project was endorsed by General Fono (Parliamentary Meeting) on Atafu, Tokelau in March 2014.