By KARI TOTONA
THE Motu-Koita Assembly (MKA) in Port Moresby will refund school fees for students from the Motu-Koita villages under its jurisdiction who qualify for school fees subsidy scheme announced this year by chairman Miria Ikupu.
Mr Ikupu said last weekend the refund would affect all Motu-Koita students attending elementary, primary and tertiary institutions nationwide.
“We will refund parents their school fees, but this will only happen when they provide us with receipts from the respective schools,” he said.
Mr Ikupu said there were categories by which the payments would be made-that is from Elementary to Grade Eight 100%, Grade Nine to Grade 12 75% and tertiary students 50%.
This came after the one-off payment of K10 million by the Government to MKA and NCDC chipping in with another K4 million.
Mr Ikupu said since the introduction of the scheme this year, a total of K800,000 was paid as schools fees to the MKA children.
His future plans included a merit-based scholarship award whereby top students would be rewarded for their academic excellence and the hardship award for those students whose parents were under-privileged and needed financial assistance.