T.H.E to look into compulsory education

Don Polye’s Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) Party has set compulsory education as one of its strategies for the 2017 National Elections.

THE party parliamentary leader made this statement in Vanimo on Friday, when launching election campaigns for his party’s endorsed candidates contesting for seats in Sandaun Province.

Polye said under the policy, it will be compulsory for all school age children to be in the classroom.

He said subsidising of school fees will continue, and more emphasis will be placed on improving the quality of education in the country.

"We must provide quality education for our children so that they must be skilled appropriately to earn a living,” Polye said.

"It is not the case now with the government's Tuition Fee Free policy.”

Polye described the government's handling of the TFF policy as substandard.

He cited ghost names of schools, late disbursement of TFF funds and shut down of schools as ongoing problems.

"The education secretary announcing deregistration of 1500 ghost schools and the Department of Community Development locking out 400 students at a school in Port Moresby are fine examples of problems," the Kandep MP said.

Charles Yapumi