THE National Government has again appropriated K144.3 million for the 2010 school year.
“The component of the fees will be paid by the Government and parents in line with the this year’s national education board (NEB) fee limits according to the enrolment data,” Education Minister James Marape said.
Mr Marape, during the launching of the academic year that coincided with the behaviour management policy launch, said that as part of the implementation of the universal basic education (UBE) plan, elementary preparatory to elementary Grade 2 was free.
He indicated this year’s subsidies would be paid in two instalments.
Elementary schools will receive 50% in the first installment and the other 50% in the second payments while all other sectors will be paid the first 40% in the first installment and 60% in the second one.
“All schools after receiving the first lot of payments must send in their enrolment data and first subsidy payment acquittals before the second lot of subsidies are paid.
“No schools will be paid their second lot of subsidies if they do not furnish these two important documents,” Mr Marape warned.
He stressed that the first instalment of subsidies for all elementary schools throughout the country were ready and would be sent to the schools by the end of the week.