Papua New Guinea EDUCATION Minister Jimmy Uguro says project fees are not compulsory but it is up to a provincial education board (PEB) to approve them if needed.
He said the PEB would be the only authority to approve project fees for schools in a province after ensuring that the schools have met specific requirements.
Uguro said the Government was paying 100 per cent of school fees – about K632 million – next year.
Since 2020, the James Marape-led Government paid 63 per cent of the tuition fees while parents paid 37 per cent.
“The parent component will be paid 100 per cent (next year) by the Government,” he said.
“But parents have to meet the project fees.
“Schools may ask for fees for special projects.
“It is up to the PEB or the board of management.”
He said that next year, “students and parents must realise that the Government is serious about children’s education”.
“We are in the process of securing funding for the first and second quarters. Payment have to be done by January (next month) before schools start,” he said.
“K200 million-plus will be made available before school starts.”
According to the Education Department, project fees must not exceed 20 per cent of the annual fee limit set by the National Education Board (NEB).
Church agency fees will be paid to agency schools as per the Education Act. Each school sector is required to pay to their church education agency:
PREPATORY/ELEMENTARY K5 per child;
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