Cut funding going to Help: PM

National

By HELEN TARAWA
PRIME Minister James Marape says the reduction of the Tuition Fee Free education funding announced during Budget 2020 is aimed at addressing quality assurance.
He told The National the same money would go to students who were leaving school in grades eight, 10 and 12.
“We are putting more money to our students who have come out of grades eight, 10 and 12 with no option in life and we are addressing this for the first time,” he said.
“We are trying to address quality assurance in the same rearrangements so parents, local MPs and provincial governors take ownership of school fees at the elementary to high school while the national government meets 50 per cent of the fees.”
Marape said although the TFF policy was for free education, three-quarters of the money was squandered in service providers and book supplies and everything else from Port Moresby and little was reaching the schools.
“We are re-arranging this so that parents plus open MPs and provincial governors pay the fees at elementary to grade 12.
“Those who come out of the examinations at grade eight, 10 or 12 will fall into the Higher Education Loans Programme (Help).
“Help programme will assist them to go into technical schools or vocational training or colleges or tertiary, at least we will have the facility to help the students,” he said.

One thought on “Cut funding going to Help: PM

  • Could the PM or Minister responsible give us parents an overview of how this HELP is going to be facilitated? This is so we are aware and make preparations for any requirements imposed. I am aware they are calling for NID cards and birth certificates but the truth of the matter is most of those who have completed and submitted application papers are still waiting for their ID cards and birth certificates from the NID office.
    Something needs to be done about this by the Authorities concerned. Otherwise a lot of students’ chances of obtaining loans for their tertiary tuition fees would be jeopardized just because the NID office is so slack and disorganized.

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