Tuition issues clarified

National

POLICIES in relation to tuition fees and schedules of payment are internal matters for institutions, says Department of Higher Education, Research Science and Technology (DHERST) Secretary Prof David Kavanamur.
He made this remark following calls from students of Jubilee Institute of Higher Education in Port Moresby who were not allowed to sit for examinations last week because they had not completed their tuition fees.
“Because it is a private institution, DHERST is only responsible for its institutional and programme accreditation,” Kavanamur said.
The students raised the issue with the secretary last Tuesday for his intervention, stating that they felt that their rights to education had been deprived them.
They said the institute charged about K14,000 for boarding students and K7000 for day students and because it lacked learning facilities such as a library, internet services and text books, they were not getting their money’s worth.
They told The National that over 40 students were affected and they were also denied access to the student mess.
They suggested that the institute should let them sit the exams and later complete their fees to collect transcripts of studies and their degrees and diplomas.
JIHE director Prof Thaddeus Kambanei confirmed the exclusion of students, saying that it was a collective decision of the board.
“Yes, it is true. As a private-run institution tuition, fees are the only source of income,” he said. “Students have accumulated fees over the three years totalling K650,000.
“In order to recoup these fees, we have given three notices to pay the outstanding fees.
“JIHE academic board made a decision to suspend their assessment pending payment of their outstanding fees.
“We have not terminated them nor graded them with ‘F’ grades in registered courses.
“As soon as they pay up, their assessment will be reactivated.”

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