Authority agrees to pay tuition fees

Education

THE Maprik district development authority has agreed to pay the tuition fees of the first 100 students attending the University of Goroka flexible studies at the district resource centre.
Maprik urban local level government mayor Paul Dingu said they would sponsor students applying to do University of Goroka flexible studies through the district development authority board and Maprik MP John Simon.
“This is one of the four initiatives the DDA is committed to pursue that includes tuition-fee support to all Maprik students attending tertiary institutions, continue to support operation of the resource centre. We will also focus on early childhood learning,” Dingu said.
He said investments on those initiatives had a direct impact on improving access and quality of tertiary education at the district level, producing more quality workforce required for district’s advancement.
“We have an understanding that education is a lifelong pursuit for all our young people. With the rapid economic development in Maprik, the world is now facing complex problems we have never faced before,” Dingu said.
“Global, community and individual efforts are required to find new solutions especially in the environment and economic sector to cope with changes and to ensure changes help develop our society.
“Our young generation have to understand these complex problems confronting PNG today, to be highly knowledgeable, to be able to work collaboratively and in teams, to be capable of exercising moral judgement and to take a global perspective.”
Dingu encouraged students to enrol at the centre to pursue their studies without having to spend more on travelling outside of the district to seek quality education.
He said their district was the first among the 89 districts in the country to partner with UOG to roll out flexible learning.

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