More girls in school: Kuman

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By PHOEBE GWANGILO
THE tuition fee free (TFF) policy has seen an increase in the enrolment of the female students in rural areas in the last four years, Education Minister Nick Kuman says.
He told the newly-appointed National Education Board that it was one of the positive outcomes of the TFF policy and he urged them to work with the government to strengthen its policies to make education accessible and of standard.
“You know that the last four years under the O’Neill Government we have responded to the needs of this country in various policies we have driven,” he said
“We have expanded a lot of people’s money in investing into various programmes including education.
“Today, we spent almost K2.742 billion in paying school fees alone.”
He said for this year over 80 per cent had been paid and the remaining would be paid before students leave for holidays.
“So what I am basically saying is this, government is committed to education,” Kuman said.
“Our TFF policy will continue to remain as one of the major pillars of the government’s policies.
“Our main focus as the government is first to give accessibility to our students of this country and we have seen in the last four years. We were tracking about 17 per cent growth in the enrolment we also saw an increase in our female students going to school, particularly in the rural parts of PNG.”
Kuman said a number of students continuing from Grade 8 to 12 had also increased.

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