Students from remote Western area finally enrolled at Uni

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A group of students from a remote Balimo area in Western has finally enrolled at the University of Goroka after struggling for higher education for years.
Deputy principal of Awaba Secondary School in Balimo and higher education advocate Korio Tabi was in Goroka to ensure necessary enrolment processes were done for the students.
Tabi told The National at the Goroka campus yesterday that he was deeply satisfied and thanked Middle Fly MP and Correctional Services Minister Roy Biyama and his district development authority for the support that made it all possible.
He said he got interested on the students from Awaba Secondary School to get registered to do special tertiary administration tests (STAT-P) to enrol at universities.
Tabi refused to disclose the actual number of students he paved the way for. He said the students managed to pay for their own airfares to fly to Mt Hagen to sit for the STAT-P at University of Goroka’s Mt Hagen campus.
“After marking, some of his students qualified to enter universities and three of them were selected for UOG. I thank MP Biyama for having the vision to invest in higher education,” Tabi said.
He enrolled his son Piopio Paron to do Bachelor of Business Accounting (BBA) and paid his school fees of K5701 yesterday.
Some parents, who spoke to The National, said the late release of students’ acceptance letters from their respective colleges and universities was a major factor that hindered them from securing school fees.
John Ambane, from Kundiawa, Chimbu, said if the students were issued their acceptance letters early, they would have had enough time to find money to meet the requirement.

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