Students unhappy over fees


TERTIARY students from Mendi-Munihu district in Southern Highlands are not happy with their district development authority for not subsidising their fees.
They raised this concern after seeing Imbonggu and Nipa-Kutubu DDA executives visiting their students and paying their fees.
Elizah Tep, a third-year student at Madang Teachers College who spoke on behalf of the students, said they were let down by their MP as he should have done what other MPs were doing.
Tep, from Sopa village in the Karintz LLG, said people were happy with the DDA as it was doing so much to develop the district but the education sector should have been prioritised.
He said many of the students were self-sponsored and from families who struggled to raise money for school fees.
“Elected leaders always like to talk about human resource and we are that. It’s not fair when other MPs can give priority to education and support tertiary students in various institutions,” Tep said.
“After we graduate from the institutions, many will come back to the province and district and help in the development of this nation.”
They tried several times to contact the DDA but were not successful.
“We need urgent help from Mendi-Munihu DDA as some of us have outstanding fees to be paid and we will be kicked out or would find it difficult to return next year,” he said.

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