PNG Government Backs Away From Fully Free Public Education

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Due to late tuition subsidies, schools allowed to charge ‘project fees’

By Nellie Setepano

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 22, 2016) – Project fees for all public schools are being relaxed and schools can now charge fees for this year.

Project fees are additional fees imposed by schools for special purposes as approved by the national education board.

Education Minister Nick Kuman made the announcement yesterday after the National Executive Council met this week and agreed to relax the charges for this year.

Mr Kuman said the re-introduction of these fees was simply to assist schools because of the late arrivals of tuition fees at schools and other related funding issues also faced by schools.

Furthermore, the minister said additional fees may be imposed by church agencies through schools for special purposes as approved by the national education board and the provincial education board.

The maximum project fee limit for this year is: Elementary K50; Primary K100; High Schools and Vocational K200; and Secondary K250.

Mr Kuman said schools charging these fees should not exceed the maximum set fee.

When making the announcement in a meeting in parliament, the minister said students must not be denied their education for non-payment of these fees.

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