by Bridgette Komatep – EM TV, Port Moresby
UPNG students from Telefomin, and other parts of West Sepik Province, have raised their concerns over school fees. The students would like for their tuition fees to be paid out in full, before the start of the new academic year.
The students are concerned that late payments could see them missing out on enrolment, registration and accommodation on campus.
They are now calling on their leaders to provide funds at the start of the academic year to avoid any inconveniences.
Students from West Sepik Province particularly from Telefomin echoed their concerns to their elected member of parliament, Solan Mirisim. They want funds for school fee assistance to be paid early so they can concentrate on their studies.
The local MP was there to present the third batch of assistance worth K43, 000 for all Telefomin students attending the University of Papua New Guinea.
President of UPNG Sandaun Students Association and third year Law student, Zebedee Kamaso, said to date, they are still awaiting funds from the provincial government.
The local MP could only comment for his district. He clarified that the funds were from the government, stating that if and when the monies are made available, then he can deliver them accordingly. He also encouraged the students to concentrate on their education, as so much was spent annually.
The Telefomin District Authority has allocated K1.5 million each for 2015 and 2016 under its DSIP Education Component.