Fr Jan Czuba

Higher Education tells UPNG not to charge TESAS fee

Fr Jan’s statement follows complaints by parents and guardians that students attending the University of Papua New Guinea were made to pay full fees before registering.

The parents were told that the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology has not deposited any funds into the UPNG accounts. Therefore, even though a student is on government scholarship, K16,492 has to be paid in full – K4,242 is compulsory as Admission while K12,250 for boarding and lodgment.

Gr 12 selection set for December

The selection will be done instantly in real time through the National Online Selection System.

The National Online Application System and the National Online Selection System allowed 28,582 Grade 12 students to register to apply online.

Of this number, 90 percent have made their choices while the other 10 percent have until December 13th to list their preferred choices of tertiary institutions and programs.

Enrolment anticipated for new SHP university

Secretary Fr Jan Czuba said the university’s academic programs will be finalized in 2019.

The Southern Highlands university is expected to be a modern 21st century institution similar to those in the developed countries, with internationally accredited programs.

Professors will teach online from different parts of the world while tutors will be on ground.

Projected to be the biggest university in the country, it is estimated to enrol 6000 under-graduates and 4000 post graduates.

(Fr Jan Czuba filepic)

Urgent education reforms underway

Revising the Grade 12 School Leaver or Application Form is amongst these reforms.

Both agencies are optimistic to introduce the new and revised school leaver application forms by April and introduced for current year 12 students to use this year.

The current school leaver form is said to be obsolete and needs to be revised to suit the upgraded selection system.

The school leaver form at the moment limits year 12 students to only 2 choices.

The new application form will allow students 5 preferences for higher education institutions.

UPNG faculty breached selection policy: Higher education

Secretary of Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Fr Jan Czuba, said severe actions will be taken against the UPNG School of Business and Public Policy for this malpractice.

Fr Jan said this issue was brought to their attention by affected students and through the online selection software, Higher Education Department was able to get to the bottom of this.

Cut down on expenditure: Fr Jan

The Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology Secretary, Fr Jan Czuba, made the statement during the announcement of UPNG’s 2018 fees.

“We have to look at the way the universities are operating now to make them more efficient and to cut down the expenses,” Fr Jan said.

He also made it clear that not only can the government assist but the universities themselves have to do some work to help out.

State files motion to dismiss IBS case

The case briefly went to court on Friday but was adjourned to January 26 for hearing of the state’s motion.

The temporary interim orders against Secretary of the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (DHERST), Fr Jan Czuba, will remain in force until the case returns to court.

Justice Derek Hartshon, in adjourning the case, told parties that if they are to file any further motions, it must be done so, with three days clear, before January 26.

IBS case: Interim orders remain

The temporary orders obtained by the Institute of Business Studies regarding its status on January 4, were extended today by the Waigani National Court.

The case filed by IBS returned before Justice Derek Hartshorn today however, only IBS was represented in court.

Justice Hartshorn adjourned the matter but gave an extension of the orders to next week to allow time for Fr Jan and DHERST to appear in court.

Universities given permission to increase tuition fees

These increments were subjected to scrutiny by the Higher Education Department late last year and implementation were pending discussions between DHERST and the universities.

The universities were granted permission to impose the new school fee structure after their justifications were viewed genuine.

Fr Jan explained the increase in school fees is caused by the increase in the price of food, electricity and overall standard of living.

IBS not a uni, maintains DHERST

In a media statement, Secretary Fr Jan Czuba said one of the grounds was that the National Executive Council on the 4th of December 2016 had been misled.

He said the requisite legal procedures and processes, leading up to the creation of universities, were not complied with by IBS. These statutory requirements are set out in sections 113-121 of the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014.