The Southern Highlands Provincial Government has come to the assistance of students from this province, attending universities around the country.
Students from the University of PNG were the first to receive their share of tuition fee subsidies from the governor, William Powi, on Monday. Other universities will be receiving theirs throughout the course of the week.
The presentation at UPNG on Monday was a sign that tuition fee subsidies for the other universities were released.
Southern Highlands Governor, William Powi, said the provincial government was complying with its commitment, to assist students from the province attending universities around the country.
While presenting a cheque of K390, 220 to assist 600 students, attending both the UPNG main campus and the medical faculty, he called on students to go back and give to their province when they finish school.
He said while he was looking at subsiding fees for all students attending tertiary institutions, the resource envelop was not big enough to cater for everyone, and he would look at this possibility next year.
Subsidy disbursement to universities were done according to the student enrolment list, provided by the universities, and assured those who might miss out, that he would provide support to them.
Vice Chancellor of UPNG, Prof Albert Mellam, said the governor’s contribution to developing the province’s human resource, was a vital investment.
This is the first time the Southern Highlands Provincial government, has provided some form of assistance to Southern highlands Students attending universities.
Officials from the provincial government will be visiting all universities throughout the week, to present their subsidies.
Governor Powi also informed the students of what he was doing to reform the health and education sectors in the province.
He said the province now has a framework in place, to guide its education and health sectors. This framework is a result of a year-long work done by consultants, to identify problematic areas that were contributing to poor health, and education indicators in the province.
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