Kombra Meets With Education Officials to Discuss Outstanding TFF Concerns

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The Secretary for Education, Dr Uke Kombra, held a closed meeting with Education Officials at the Phils Motel in Lae yesterday.

Dr Kombra told EMTV news in Lae yesterday, that he will get clarifications from the officials regarding the outstanding TFF payments in Schools yesterday.

This came after reports from Head Teachers from almost 10 schools, 8 in Morobe and one in Eastern Highlands Province saying the Government owes them nearly K5 million outstanding in TFF payments.

In February this year, EM TV News in Lae visited 6 primary schools, a secondary school and an elementary school in Lae district and spoke with the head teachers concerning outstanding Tuition Fee Free payments by the Government.

According to their records, the government owes them almost K4 million. The outstanding payments have been accumulating since 2014.

Nawaeb Luthern High School in Nawaeb District has come forward saying the government owes them nearly K1.2 million in outstanding TFF payments.

EMTV News Lae also visited West Goroka Primary School in Eastern Highlands Province and the Head Teacher, Tony Koinge says the Government owes them more than K400,000 since 2017.

Despite getting information from schools regarding TFF outstanding, Education Secretary, Dr Uke Kombra said these were isolated cases and does not necessarily represent other schools in the country.

However, it was difficult to get responses from the Education Division and Department regarding this issue of concern.

Secretary Kombra held a closed meeting with Morobe’s Education officials today at the Phils Hotel.

According to Morobe’s Provincial Program Advisor for Education, Keith Jiram, the concern on schools outstanding TFF payments in schools was not raised.