The printing of FODE materials is underway in Lae for the Momase and Highlands region students who will be enrolling next week for the 2021 academic year.
The FODE centers will cater for the vast number of students who were rejected by the system to continue their secondary level of education.
According to the Deputy Principal for National FODE Services, Ralph Mosiri, over thirty thousand students have enrolled for FODE programs over the last two years.
Since 2018, students studying FODE centers around the country accessed their learning materials through the use of tablets issued by the government, however, that wasn’t effective.
This year, the National FODE set up this printing Centre for FODE materials here in Lae. It is funded by the Government at a cost of K5 million.
These young men are currently being trained by officers from the National FODE Services in Port Moresby on how to print, collate and distribute the learning materials to Momase and Highlands region.
The FODE teaching and learning materials will be distributed to the Provincial FODE Centers and then to the districts.
Morobe’s FODE Provincial Centre Coordinator, Nenica Jacob says District Administrators should make it a priority in setting up FODE centers in the districts.
The Flexible, Open and Distance Education was set up by the Education Department to assist students rejected by the system to complete their secondary level of education.
In a recent media report this week, Education Minister, Jimmy Uguro said FODE students would pay no fees this year.
Minister Uguro said the government has already paid the fees and encouraged those who were dropped out to enroll at the FODE Centers.
Morobe’s Provincial FODE Centre Coordinator, Nenica Jabob said that they are still waiting for an official document regarding the Minister’s call to fee free education for FODE from the National FODE Headquarters.