A MASSIVE K500 million will be spent next year to improve education infrastructure, Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill has announced yesterday.
He said the K600 million-plus tuition fee free education policy had worked out very well for the past two years ensuring school children were in class with school kits being supplied at a cost of K40 million.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill while visiting Kokopo, East New Britain, said money would be allocated evenly to all schools for school infrastructure that would partner with the DSIP and PSIP education programs.
School children in Kokopo expressed satisfaction for being able to be in class and thanked Prime Minister for free education expressing through banners and two student speakers in front of him.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said the tuition fee free education had enabled many parents to save money from paying school fees to be diverted on other activities that the family needed.
While announcing the education infrastructure package, Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said amendments were underway to make free education not a policy but to make it a law so that it is a compulsory government function in the future. He said his Government would make education compulsory for school aged children at pre-school to year 12 and legislate to ensure parents send their children to school.
Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said the Government would make major interventions in the infrastructure during this term of Parliament so that improvements can be made later on what we have built and ensure existing infrastructures are upgraded and maintained.
He said the K500 million was earmarked for new classrooms and teachers houses starting next year and not to settle outstanding contract payments engaged in the past. "The school infrastructure improvement component starts next year and will continue until the need for school infrastructure is satisfied over coming years,” Prime Minister Hon. Peter O’Neill said.
He said that his vision was to see educated PNG citizens who would communicate, do business and understand uniformity in one language with the western world counter.
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