By Julie Badui Owa – EMTV, Lae
Hakwange Primary School in Menyamya District, Morobe, is yet to recieve an amount exceeding K30,000 from the Government for 2017 Tuition Fee Free funds.
The School’s former Head Teacher and now the Head Teacher for Milfordhaven Primary School, John Aguse, said the TFF money has assisted the school’s operation.
However, he said the Education Department should adjust their timing in paying schools on time without delay.
The former Head Teacher for Hakwange Primary School in Menyamya District said the TFF payment for the school arrived very late last year, when schools’ account was closed.
Aguse said the school has received K170,000 of TFF payment last year. The Government is yet to pay the school more than K30,000.
The former head teacher of Hakwange Primary School is now the Head Teacher of Milfordheaven Primary school in Lae.
The TFF are supposed to be distributed, as per Ministerial Policy Statement, at the beginning of each academic year.
This includes the three components of the TFF Education Policy of Cash Administration, Infrastructure and Teaching and Learning Materials.
The former Head Teacher said the Tuition Fee Free funds should be paid to school on time to help schools, especially in rural areas continue to operate.
The Government said it does not owe any schools outstanding in TFF payment.
Six Primary schools in Lae District have come forward to say that the Government still owes them more than K3million outstanding in TFF payments.
While Lae Secondary School is still waiting for their TFF outstanding payment of more than K600,000.
Should teachers be treated fairly as those in the health department workers, The point is that teachers are back born of country and why education department is not appreciating the teachers with nine (9) percent as earmarked years ago .