Parent concerned over UPNG fee

A concerned parent has called on the Government to look into the increased tuition fees at the University of Papua New Guinea.

John Unage, who has two teenagers that will be studying at the university this year, says he cannot afford the compulsory tuition fee announced by UPNG.

The UPNG Waigani’s tuition fee increased by more than 200 percent for 2018, from K2,939 to K7,500.

The Taurama Campus also increased its fees to over K9,000.

“I cannot afford this. This is too expensive,” he said.

“From K2,000 it has jumped up to K7,000. The O’Neill Government must revisit the free education policy. 

“Tertiary institutions have to be free or low for all of us to be inclusive to benefit from the country. Now we are marginalised.

“The poor cannot afford this high fee,” said Unage.

Cedric Patjole