PNG LAWMAKER HELPS FAMILIES PAY SCHOOL FEES

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, May 19) – Francis Kuna, member of parliament for Jimi Open in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea, has allocated K85,000 (US$26,300) from his 2003 District Support Grant funds to school fees for students attending different schools in the province for the 2004 academic year.

He said he was focused on educating many young people from his electorate and wanted to support those who were struggling in meeting the cost of education.

Mr Kunai responded to letters and requests by parents who wrote to him requesting school fee assistance this year.

"My office had received a lot of requests for assistance with fees, which I am only able to assist those who wrote to me," he said.

He said only the students and parents who had requested in writing for fees would benefit from the money allocated.

"It is very difficult at this time of financial crisis. I am unable to entertain all Jimi students throughout Papua New Guinea. My office was able to allocate a total of K85,000 to assist with fees," said Mr Kunai.

The breakdown of the fees and grants included Jimi High School K10,000, Karap Primary School K10,000 and Jimi River Primary School with K5,000.

Other institutions that received school fee allocations included Holy Trinity Demonstration Teacher’s College K900; Highlands Agriculture Training Centre K400; Tinsley District hospital K500; and Fatima Secondary K3700.

More than K28,000 was also distributed to other primary and secondary schools in his electorate. Mr Kunai also gave K20, 000 to the Community Based Education, a proposal, which would include the community to help students who were primary school dropouts. The remaining K16,900 was paid to other institutions within the country.

May 20, 2004

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