By ERIC PIET
WESTERN students have been challenged by Governor Taboi Awi Yoto to pay back the help of the province with hard wortk and good marks.
He was speaking on Thursday when giving K1.5 million as the first payment of tuition fees subsidy to tertiary institutions in Port Moresby.
A total of 41 tertiary institutions in the country will be covered by the Western government’s scholarship assistance scheme this year.
It comes in two batches, this one and another later in the year, for a total of K4.5 million for 2019.
According to Yoto, the provincial government would subsidise the cost of every Western tertiary student by K5000, which includes Western students attending the schools of excellence at Sogeri, Passam, Aiyura and Kerevat national high schools.
“I know that this is a key for development in the province and it’s worth spending on,” Yoto said.
“You must not have a joyride on this.
“What the provincial government is giving you must be returned in better form.
“That is to score good grades and land better jobs, so that in your own way you would contribute to the province and our people.”
Yoto said that he could not do much last year because of administrative issues relating to the appointment of provincial administrator.
All other tertiary institutions across the country where Western students are enrolled in will be paid their cheques direct to their school accounts early this week.
By ERIC PIET