PNG Teachers Association Wants Probe

by Yvonne Kambibel – EM TV, Port Moresby

The Papua New Guinea Teachers Association is calling for more investigation into the Tuition Fee Free Education Funds.

PNGTA’s National General Secretary, Ugwalubu Mowana, said the future of this Nation’s children also depends on the TFF Education policy.

He said, the association acknowledges the admission by Education Minister, Nick Kuman, of K50 million in public funds unaccounted for, but he also says there may be more to it than just ghost schools and students.

Mr Mowana said the Education Department keeps a record of all the schools and students therefore, he’s asking the Department to clarify which schools and students they were referring to as ghosts.

He called on Mr Kuman and Secretary for Education, Dr Uke Kombra, to publically disclose details of the ghost schools and students and the accuracy of the data source.

PNGTA is also calling on Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, to set up a Commission of inquiry into the use of TFF education funds.

Mr Mowana stressed that it is about time the government and other relevant state law enforcing agencies take heed for their calls.

Mowana concludes that PNGTA has all the reliable information to prove that the TFF funds have been abused.

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