AN amount of K197 million in tuition fee free funds has been paid to 8419 schools with students enrolling a number of over a million, Education Minister Nick Kuman said in Parliament last week.
This year the Government appropriated K605 million for tuition fee free education, he said. A total 4132 schools have not being included in tuition fee free due to operations status and unconfirmed bank details however have been allocated their fee dues as soon as status became available.
Mr Kuman said said tuition fee free education has been one of the Government’s significant policies introduced and implemented. He said K37.5 million savings from 2012 and 2013 held in TFF subsidiary trust accounts have been allocated to enhance quality education.
The balance of K30.5 million will be allocated to school infrastructure particularly classrooms and teachers’ houses for secondary high schools and ministerial interventions. Under the TFF funding, K40 million was allocated to trial schools commodity delivery system, he said. Under this program schools will receive basic teaching and learning materials.
The most significant policy introduced and implemented by the Government is the tuition fee free or TFF education, which takes the form of subsidises school fees for all students in PNG from elementary up to secondary and vocational institutions. This policy has provided more than 40 percent growth in enrolment since 2012.
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