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Tuition Fee Free Policy Not Working, says Head Teacher

A Head Teacher of a primary school in Lae, has questioned why full payments of the Tuition Fee Free funds are not being paid.

Celyne Yep said the government should clarify to schools, how much is paid for each student and why the school is receiving only 40 percent of funds for administration.

Last year, the school received only K9,000 to operate.

She said this after she was asked to pay a cost of more than K11,000 to PNG Power, to restore power at the school.

Last year, Christ the King Primary School in Lae received only K9,000 for their operations.

In 2013, the school got K70,000. Since then, the figure has shrunk.

The TFF components include 40 percent for administration, 30 per cent for teaching and learning resources and 30 per cent for infrastructure, which is deposited into district accounts and then to the schools.

However, Mrs Yep was not satisfied, claiming that changes in procedures to acquire the TFF infrastructure and curriculum components were frustrating the efforts to keep the school operational.

The Head Teacher said the 40 per cent infrastructure component from the TFF payment alone is not effective.

She said schools are charging parents’ fees, in order to help the schools build new classrooms to cater for the influx of students.

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