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Explanation Needed: Confusion among Teachers with Teaching Materials

The distribution of the teaching and learning material component of the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) Education Policy has brought confusion to some schools in Lae.

The Head Teacher of Gantom Primary School in Lae, Martina Tanialu, said the school was not given a proper explanation on whether the materials will be used for a term or a year.

Tanialu said the materials are inadequate because National Department of Education has used the 2015 student data for the distribution.

Gantom Primary School received 107 boxes of school basic materials on the weekend.

The School’s Head Teacher, Martina Tanialu, said the materials distributed are inadequate for the student population of 1500.

It is understood, National Department of Education used the 2015 student data to distribute materials to schools throughout PNG.

This pack contains the student set of 10 exercise books, a ruler, pencil and three pens. The supplier said this is for the whole year.

This one of distribution, according to supplier, represents the 30 percent of teaching and learning materials under the Government’s Tuition Fee Free Education Policy.

There will be no more coming distributions in the year.

In 2014, the Government said it would ensure there is accountability and transparency in the disbursement of the TFF and its use by schools.

However, Gantom Primary School has requested the Government to provide a record of how the TFF policy is being implemented in the country.

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