West New Britain students at the University of Goroka received a cheque for K380,000 for their tuition fees yesterday. Governor Sasindran Muthuvel was traditionally welcomed by the university’s student association to present the cheque and sign on the Phoenix early childhood education training course which the students are enrolled on. The money is the first installment for the trainee teachers.
“It was an overwhelming welcome by our students with a long procession in traditional attire. Thank you my dear students and teachers,” Mr Muthuvel said. He was accompanied by West New Britain provincial administrator Williamson Hosea and chairman for education and president for Talasea, Victor Narere with the tertiary education scholarship assistance scheme (TESAS) team for the presentation. He said he was impressed by his first visit to Goroka and the university.
Mr Muthuvel revealed that the 2014 TESAS funding totals up to K1.58 million for various universities and tertiary institutions and there is a remaining K950,000 yet to be paid for various other institutions within West New Britain, around PNG and abroad.
He said he does not have any direct role in terms of awarding TESAS scholarships and that it is purely managed by a committee chaired by Mr Hosea. “I do not have any political involvement in the selection process and students are selected purely on merit basis as the committee has their own selection criteria they abide by,” the governor said. He said it has come to his knowledge that the current allocation of K2.5 million is not enough to cater for all students in the province and made a commitment increase TESAS ceiling in years to come.
“I will try my level best to see how well we can increase this and support our students who want to attend university,” he said. He appealed to the recipients of the scholarship to perform to the best of their ability as knowledge is imperishable.
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