By ZACHERY PER
THE Simbu provincial government has spent K82,900 to sponsor more than 100 students from disadvantaged families in the region to pursue tertiary education.
Simbu Governor Fr John Garia said the sponsorship was aimed at helping disadvantaged students with huge potential to excel in education.
“Without help, they just could not afford to further their education because they come from the rural poor communities,” he said.
He said the initative was the first of its kind in Simbu.
“These students have huge potential to contribute towards the growth and development of our province,” he said.
“This is part of Simbu’s policy towards developing human resources for the province,” he said.
Students who received assistance were accepted into University of PNG, University of Goroka, University of Technology, Lae Polytechnic College, teachers colleges and nursing college.
However, a blunder by the education measurement unit saw many students capable of securing a place in university being left out.
This has prompted Fr Garia and concerned parents to protest against the authorities to rectify the situation.