Universities given permission to increase tuition fees

Secretary of the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Fr Jan Czuba said DHERST has allowed some universities to implement the new school fee structure.

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.

The University of Papua New Guinea has been allowed to charge K7 500 for tuition fees for the Waigani Campus while students enrolling at the Medical faculty will pay K9 005.

The University of Goroka on the other hand has been permitted 10% increase in tuition fees.

Carolyn Ure