By JINA AMBA
EDUCATION Minister Jimmy Uguro has warned schools not to refuse the enrolment of any student over the non-payment of fees.
“Special arrangements can be made between the parents and the school to pay the required fees over a period during the school year,” he said.
“(But) while every child has the right to education, schools also need funds to operate. Therefore parents are encouraged to cooperate with school boards and pay their fees component of 38 per cent as early as possible.”
The 2021 school year begins on Monday, Feb 1. He said the Government would pay its 62 percent component of school fees before the end of Term Three.
Parents are urged to pay half of their contribution at the start of the school year and the balance before the end of Term Two.
He reminded parents and guardians not to depend on the Government to pay schools fees.
“It is our (parents’) responsibility. The government is just there to support. You must not wait for others. You must work for yourself, otherwise the government will see that everyone is served equally,” he said.
Meanwhile, Uguro said provincial governments and district development authorities were responsible for the education of students.
“In the spirit of partnership, we urge every provincial government and district development authority to help schools and especially parents who may struggle to pay their component of the fees.”
Eight provinces – East New Britain, East Sepik, Eastern Highlands, Enga, Milne Bay, Morobe, New Ireland and Northern – have signed an agreement with the Government to manage government school fee grants/subsidies.
By JINA AMBA