govt halves parents’ burden
By ZARA KANU
THE Southern Highlands provincial government has subsidised tertiary education fees by 50% for more than 400 Southern Highlanders studying at the University of Papua New Guinea.
This comes as one of the provincial government’s initiatives to develop human resource and to ease the burden on parents struggling to make ends meet.
Tari-Pori MP James Marape said they were embarking on a 50% subsidy policy which is to be a shared responsibility between the provincial government and parents.
“We are talking about our human resources which will bring this province forward when all our oil and gas resources have been depleted, therefore, this is seen as investing in quality education for the future”, he said.
Those students who will directly benefit from the programme are those that hail from the province.
The provincial government is also entering into a memorandum of agreement with students who are honest and committed and who maintain high academic standards.
“Nothing is free and you as future leaders have to prove that you are capable of taking on and conquering the challenges,” Mr Marabe said.
“This should build and empower you to move ahead and receive quality education for the benefit of yourself, your family, province and the nation,” he said. http://www.thenational.com.pg/031908/nation40.htm