Skyrocketing World Cup prices hit Nam students

22 June 2018 | Health

About 200 medical students who were sponsored by the ministry of health to go and study in Russia claim the ministry is neglecting them, while the prices of food and services are currently skyrocketing due to the ongoing 2018 Fifa World Cup in that country.

The students, who are all in Moscow, claim that they are owed student stipends dating back to May.

According to one student, only about 50 students have received their stipends.

“We are currently left stranded without any living allowance from the ministry for almost two months. Upon enquiry about our living allowance, we were simply told to wait as the money would eventually come,” said the student, who did not want to be named.

The student described the situation as disheartening and frustrating.

“We have had to go to school on an empty stomach, write exams without adequate resources and in some scenarios some students have ceased to go to school due to a lack of transportation funds. We are constantly told that there are delays due to the system.”

The student also said the price of basic goods had gone up because of the Fifa World Cup tournament under way in Russia.

“Prices of food and services are currently skyrocketing due to the World Cup here in Moscow and we are left with no means to support ourselves.

“We are constantly kept in the dark about issues that directly affect us. As of late our barely sufficient living allowance got cut without prior notification,” the student said.

“We were told to simply wait as the money will eventually come. This is a very vague and insignificant answer to give students who are in despair. We are almost 200 students here in Moscow, only a handful of students received their funds last week while the vast majority is still waiting in uncertainty,” the student said.

A message from a ministry official to the affected students read: “It will eventually come. I am trying my best to give an indication as to when. The exact date is unpredictable for everyone as some might get sooner, some later, but it is almost there.”





OGONE TLHAGE

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