Education Minister commits K50,000 each to four schools in Tari-Pori


EDUCATION Minister Joseph Yopyopy committed K50,000 each to four schools in the Tari-Pori, Hela, on Wednesday.
He announced this when Prime Minister and Tari-Pori MP James Marape praised the Hoiebia community for looking after government services despite ongoing tribal fights in the Tebi local level government area.
Marape, Yopyopy and other delegates were accompanying United Nations (UN) deputy secretary-general Amina Jane Mohammed on a visit to the province.
“I have received reports of schools charging fees and I want to warn all school principals that my stance is clear – if they want to charge fees, it must be 20 per cent of the maximum school fee,” Marape said.
“Parents have the right to question their school board of management if fees are charged beyond 20 per cent and it must be reported to their provincial education board.”
He told locals at Hoiebia: “You are the role models for people in the district and I promise to come back in few months’ time and visit you.
“Every community has to work together to make peace awareness and look after services.”
Meanwhile, Marape said he would be working together with Governor Philip Undialu to have a Papua New Guinea Defence Force unit based in the province, build a police barracks in Komo and support police with logistics to manage law and order issues in Hela.
He said work was progressing in Tebi LLG to seal the roads from Kikita to Hoiebia all the way to Kupari and electricity would also be connected once the roads were completed.
“These vital services are taking place because these people have worked to maintain peace and order and look after government services.”

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