By: Frustrated Parent
My son will be graduating comes April in which I am looking forward to. However, I am not really happy and I am pissed off by the way the University is managing the money of hard working students and parents.
My son’s case is that, he has maintained his TESAS Scholarship from year 1-4. However, during the beginning of every year, I usually sacrifice the well-being of my family to cater for his fees by getting school fee loans though I don’t get much during fortnights. With that being said, it is a norm in UPNG that the government components of the students who are on TESAS does not come in on time. And yet the UPNG authority usually doesn’t make it their business to check the people at OHE for these components.
Now what happens is, blames are shifted back to the poor parents. During registration week of every beginning of the year, I as a hard working parent usually being asked to pay 75% of the fees (full tuition fees + 50% of boarding fees).
As a result, I personally tend to pay extra money because by the mid or towards the end of the year, the TESAS fees usually comes in and the money accumulates in my son’s UPNG’s account. So what happens is, these fees are brought forward to the next academic year in which I just add some money to meet again the 75% upfront payments. Hence, the cycle continues until now my son has completed his studies. Since he is now done with his studies, the over-payment is now there. Do note that he doesn’t have any provincial government scholarships or what not. That’s my hard earned money plus his sacrifice and sweat.
I am not in Port Moresby, as a matter of fact, I asked him to get the refunds of K3000+ because that is always the case during my time at this Uni were refunds are given to those students who have over-payments. However, I checked with him the last time and he told me that, he went and asked for the refunds and he was told to fill in some refund forms. He did that around November last year and to date, there was nothing done.
Now he is telling me that the school is charging K600 as the graduation fees. I again told him to go back there and tell these people you have over-payments and so they need to minus K600 form your over-payments. He was told that this will not happen and he will have to pay K600 into the schools account again. What the hell is the purpose of this K600? For the record, I attended my nephew’s graduation in 2017 and they paid K600 and NOT EVEN A BOTTLE OF WATER is provided for the graduands!
Imagine, after paying all those fees and not even getting refunds as the money rightfully belongs to us, we will now pay additional expenses for his graduation. See this simple math;
K3000 plus over-payments still in his account
K600 for his graduation fees
K300 for his gowns (the school is even selling gowns to the students for Christ shake!)
Approximately K400 or more for his graduation outfits
Approx. K2000 Airline tickets for me and his mother to fly from home to Port Moresby and then back
Living Expenses for our stay there to attend his graduation
Again, since we are Papua New Guineans, we have to do little Kaikai to celebrate his achievement as well as thanking the families who used to look after him at POM during his time of studies and holidays.
Please the so called Premier University of The South Pacific! Stop stealing and charging additional and unnecessary fees for our kids. We are already drained!! In fact, they will be graduating and still be jobless!
On that note, I know there were many who have graduated without receiving their refunds. Let’s all hold hands and sue them. I now seek any legal firms who can fight for us the poor parents and students so that we can sue this money generating institution and hold those that are accountable. This for the betterment of our beloved country.
Thank You and God Bless.
Via: John Kagawe
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