PNG SCHOOLS TO GET $7.4 MILLION SUBSIDY

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Feb. 28) - The first payment of school subsidies in Papua New Guinea for this year are being paid this week.

Education Minister Michael Laimo said the Papua New Guinea government had appropriated a total of PGK43 million [US$14.8 million] for education in the 2006 Department of Education budget.

Of this amount, PGK21.5 million [US$7.4 million] was released last month by the Finance Department for distribution as the first payment.

The balance will be released in the second half of the year and administered as the second payment.

Laimo said the Department of Education will pay out PGK16.5 million [US$5.7 million] to all school levels as Schools Infrastructure and Maintenance Grants beginning this week.

Another PGK5 million [US$1.7 million] will be for the Education Quality Control Program, which caters for inspectors’ advisory visits to schools, curriculum development, examinations, and certification and support for children affected by disaster. He said the first payment starts with high schools, secondary schools, national high schools and College of Distance Education.

Senior officers from the Department of Education will travel to the provinces next week to distribute subsidy checks to schools that do not have bank accounts.

March 1, 2006

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