The Morobe Provincial Government (MPG) was forced to use its Provincial Funds to pay tuition fees for almost 200 Morobe students attending the University of Papua New Guinea.
This comes after the students were denied registration and accommodation from UPNG because the institution was yet to receive their compulsory fees which are normally paid by the Morobe Provincial Government.
Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, presented two cheques totalling more than half a million kina at the University today.
Every year since 2002, MPG spends at least K5 million for its students in all tertiary institutions in the country.
For UPNG alone, it spends an average of K500, 000 yearly.
Despite a guarantee letter sent to UPNG from the Governor, the students were denied registration because the university has implemented a pay upfront policy.
Governor Naru presented two cheques to UPNG’s Pro Vice Chancellor, Pulapa Subarao, totalling over K531, 666 million at the university today.
This will cover tuition fees for students at the Waigani, Taurama and Open campuses.
Upon receiving the cheques, Pro Vice Chancellor Subarao thanked Naru for submitting to the policy.
He requested MPG to pay one million kina into the UPNG tuition fee account at the end of this year as a guarantee that the rest will be paid at the start of 2015 to avoid such cases next year.
It’s the last day of registration and only a few students registered today. Registration is expected to continue over the weekend.
Meantime students from other provinces who also receive government funding like Madang, are still waiting for their governors to pay in their tuition fees.
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