K80,000 owed in outstanding school fees

National, Normal

MORE than K80,000 in outstanding school fees is owed to Badihagwa Secondary School in Port Moresby.
This was revealed yesterday by the school principal Gabriel Manga during the second graduation ceremony.
Mr Manga said there were many students who owed the school money which could have been used to maintain the school facilities and also cater for the graduation.
He appealed to those students and parents to pay up, especially Grade 12s so that they could receive their higher school certificates.
He said the school had been lenient in allowing the students to complete their studies and the
parents must settle their debts if they want their children to continue in their studies.
Despite this setback, he said the year had been a good one.
Meanwhile, superintendent schools coordination with the NCD Education division Maino Koloa shared the same sentiments.
He said parents must be supportive and protective of their children and not to let them out of their sight.
“As parents, it is your responsibility to monitor where your children are going so that the family unit is intact,” he said.
Mr Koloa urged students to change their  attitudes for the better as it would contribute to their well-being.
“It’s now up to you students to work in line with the national strategic 40 year plan 2010-50 to pursue and promote excellence in education for a healthy, wealthy and united PNG,” he said.