By Mickey Kavera – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Funds have been made available to three institutions to improve and rehabilitate their facilities.
The recipients are the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG), Pacific Adventist University (PAU) and Jubilee Higher Learning Institute.
The funding is from the higher education infrastructure and rehabilitation program.
Heads of the three institutions were present to receive their cheque from the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Malakai Tabar.
UPNG received K4 million for the completion of the school of law building, PAU K4.2 million for the construction of student dormitories, and Jubilee Institute of Higher Education received K2.5 million for student dormitories, staff housing and lecture halls.
Minister Tabar says it is all aimed at improving facilities to create space for more enrollment into higher education.
Tabar says of the 23,000 Grade 12 students that sat for their exams this year, less than 6,000 will be accepted to higher institutions due to limited spacing.
This year, the government has allocated a total of K62 million for rehabilitation and recapitalisation program for universities.
The investment into the higher education sector is crucial to ensure more students have access to higher learning institutions in the country.
UPNG Vice Chancellor, Professor, Albert Mellam, supports the governments’ vision.
Tabar urged the recipients to ensure prudent management of funds to ensure projects are completed on time and to avoid project variations.