Marape: Govt to look at free education policy


THE Government will now look at the free education policy that has impacted the quality of education at the lower level, Prime Minister James Marape says.
He told the 2019 PNG Update Forum in Port Moresby last week that he would be talking to parents later this year to get their views on which was burdensome to them, lower level of education where they were paying K200 to K300 in a primary school and high education or tertiary education where they were supposed to fork out K10,000 to K15,000.
“Parents, if you have a child going through tertiary institution, why don’t we relieve your higher education and you contribute partially at the lower level of education,” Marape said.
“Those conversations are something that we are (thinking) through. Give thought to it.
“This is not free, if you want to help your country you will be more or less interest free, so of the loan component you can tag your entire life so long as we know you get out there whether you are employed or not.”
Marape urged university students to consider employing themselves rather than working for others.
“Prepare to come out to employ yourself if you are not an employee. If you are not doing businesses, pick up books about how to do business so you can go into agriculture, landowners businesses, forestry, tourism and fisheries.
“Do something for yourself instead of coming out and waiting for someone to employ you.”


  • I appreciate the constructive idea of our new visionary leader of the country PM James Marabe for the option given to parents to choose regarding free education. My comment. We as the parents can pay for the lower level of education and the government can pay secondary from 11 to 12 and to tertiary educations and universities.

  • Very good thinking PMJM. These were the policies written by Paias Whingti some years ago. Alot of former students turned to farmers. However, there is no market eg. Coffee prices are too low where lots of farmers have no interest at all. Every plan should have a_z. Otherwise end up in c d e is a waste of life.

  • I think this is the right and best decision because students attended a private schools in the country were paying huge amount of fee where as formal schools paying less amount and some times there parents were relying heavily for the Tuition Fee Free TFF so that’s could be a good decision for you Prime Minister James Matape.This will benefit all students and fare to all Papua new Guinean.

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