By ZACHERY PER
THERE are long queues at the banks by parents seeking loans to meet school expenses as the start of Term One on Feb 1 draws near.
Parents in Goroka start queuing up from as early as 6am outside the Bank South Pacific this week for that purpose.
John Waipe, who has a son attending the University of PNG, an adopted daughter attending the University of Goroka and a son in Grade 11 at the Goroka Secondary School, said he needed up to K40,000.
“I do not want to disclose the amount each of my children would need to pay but I need between K30,000 and K40,000 to settle all the fees and costs,” Waipe said.
“I have no other source.
“But I am confident that the BSP Goroka branch school fee loan section would help me.”
Mother Joan Peter, a primary school teacher from a remote Okapa village, said her first son was attending Okapa Secondary School for Grade 11 this year.
She said she saved up some money to pay his school fees but wanted a loan to buy his stationeries and clothes.
“He is my first son and I am excited to see him going to secondary school,” Peter said.
“I am happy to see him progress in his educational journey.”
Others who refused to be identified said they were happy with the previous Government for providing tuition fee-free education.
“We are all calling on the Marape-led Government to re-introduce the free education policy,” said a Goroka man with three children going to colleges.
By ZACHERY PER