The national government, through the Education Department, will start a new school infrastructure roll out program next year with the aim to have fully-kitted teacher houses and classrooms by the year 2019.
Education Minister Nick Kuman announced this, along with the government’s other plans for the sector in Mendi last Friday.
Schools in Mendi town will be part of the first recipients of this program.
In his visit to Mendi last Friday to launch the commodity component of the tuition fee free education policy, Education Minister Nick Kuman also revealed the government’s plans for the education sector to complement its Free Education Policy.
Schools within Mendi town will be part of the first batch to receive the department’s infrastructure roll out program next year.
Other programs the department will implement will cater for the increasing enrolments in schools around the country due to the government TFFE program.
He said there were currently 18, 000 grade 12 students and the tertiary institutions can only accept 40 per cent of this number, which is 7, 200 students. The remaining 10, 800 will be left to go home.
He therefore said the department is looking at ways to address this. Mr Kuman further said the disability sector has never received much attention and his department will, for the first time, include the disabled in the TFFE program.
Currently, Callan Services is one of the institutions addressing education needs for the disabled and will be included in the TFFE program starting next year.
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