AS schools in Morobe Province start heading for their Christmas break, questions are being asked about the rollout of the commodity component of the Government’s tuition fee free education (TFFE) policy in the province.
The rollout of the commodity component of the TFFE policy has been described as a disappointment.
There are two components to the TFFE policy, the cash component being the subsidies and the commodity component currently trialled by Treid Pacific through the distribution of school kits cotain exercise books, pencils, erasers and sharpeners and a Bible.
Momase regional co-ordinator of Treid Pacific Eddie Saweni, who is heading the distribution of the items in the Morobe Province, said if the Government was serious about implementing the policy then it should provide the funding for the materials earlier.
He blamed the Government’s procurement services for releasing the funds late resulting in distribution delays.
Morobe provincial co-ordinator of Treid Pacific under the TFFE commodity component Ginson Saonu added that although the program was an initiative of the Government to instil quality learning in rural and urban centres, the late delivery of the school kits was not conducive to student learning.
He said head teachers would have to complete reconciliations of final distributions to students and submit to the program implementors but with schools closing the program had again come to a temporary close.
He said what items were earmarked to be distributed this year must be delivered but the current situation means this may not be possible.
Mr Saonu confirmed that all schools in Morobe Province contactable by land transport have received their supplies while those contactable by air and sea transport have not received their kits.
He did not say how many schools were affected.
Tuition fee free is a Government of PNG policy initiated in 2011 and first implemented in 2012.
The tuition fee free policy is a subsidised school fee for all students in PNG from elementary schools up to secondary and vocational institutions as well as those in open distance learning, special education institutions and privately run schools.
Treid Pacific PNG Ltd is a 100 per cent Papua New Guinea-owned company with its prime focus built around the education of every child in Papua New Guinea.
The company has been operating for many years now.
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