Opposition Leader Don Polye said the Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and his government’s move to cut the quota for tertiary student sponsorships and intakes speaks volumes of the country’s
“The government has increased the Grade Point Average (GPA) for students because they could not be able to afford the scholarships under AES and HECAS due to the economic problems,” said Polye.
He has likened this as a “work of another Robert Mugabe or Julius Caesar in PNG.”
“We have seen most candidates, who have met the eligibility requirement for university entries, have missed out and are shocked,” he said.
He added the Prime Minister and his government had created a disastrous feeling for parents and their children in the New Year.
“Now that what we projected, have come to a reality, the Prime Minister and his economic ministers are camouflaging government-induced problems with sweet talks only to inflict on our people,” he said.
Polye has urged the Prime Minister and his High Education Minister to review the decision as the registration is still underway in most of the tertiary institutions.
“Pulling the GPA down to its original version will do justice to those hardworking students.
“When we are in government, we will not only renovate the existing facilities but build more to absorb the increase in intakes for tertiary institutions,” he said.
Author: Media statement