PNG SCHOOL FEES CALLED DISCRIMINATORY

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By James Apa Gumuno

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Sept. 10) – Papua New Guinea’s fee policy introduced in educational institutions should be abolished, Member for Gumine Nick Kuman argues.

He said the policy creates a heavy burden for parents, who can’t afford fees in these tough economic times.

Mr Kuman was speaking to 2,000 people in Gumine High School, Chimbu Province during an official opening of a new computer laboratory on Wednesday.

He said the country’s fee policy deprived students their right to better education, and many students have become victims of it since it was introduced a couple of years ago.

Mr Kuman said that at the moment many school-aged children were roaming around in the villages and towns because their parents can’t afford school fees to send them to school.

He said that our country is a developing nation and government must help its people to get better education to develop the country by providing it at a reasonable cost.

The MP gave K10,000 to Gumine High School to help fund its operations.

September 13, 2004

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