by Edwin Fidelis – EM TV, Lae
Morobe governor, Kelly Naru, today appealed to his provincial education board not to close schools if TFF funds for Morobe are delayed.
Governor Naru had joined his Provincial Education Board members and called on the National Education Department to give Morobe’s funds on time.
His appeal comes after the provincial education board warned of indefinite school closure.
The Morobe Governor today brushed aside the warning issued by the provincial education board to close schools in Morobe.
But he didn’t hesitate to support the call made by the Morobe education board, who called for the release of the TFF funds.
In 2012, the O’Neill-led government implemented the free education policy to allow every child to go to school.
The tuition fee free education was introduced to compliment the policy.
Morobe is a big province and has over 800 schools.
And much of the operations of these institutions depend on TFF funds from the government.
While this may not seem like a big problem for schools in Port Moresby, for other provinces, it is a serious issue for schools that rely on that money.
In this interview last week, the provincial education advisor expressed concerns over the effects of the education policy that is eventually being felt by Morobe schools.
Morobe province is one of the many provinces in the country that have raised the issue.
There are many other provinces with similar situations that haven’t spoken out yet.