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Schools will be disciplined for charging enrolment fees

The Government, through National Executive Council decision No: 25/2016, in no uncertain terms directed that no fees of any sort relating to student enrolment be imposed upon parents.

Education Secretary Dr. Uke Kombra said in line with the NEC decision, he has issued circular instructions; 2/16 and 2/17 in 2016 and 2017.

Kombra said: “Still, reports are coming in that a number of schools are imposing fees, including withholding certificates to collect so-called outstanding fees from parents. That is uncalled for.

Schools without TFF to report to provincial coordinators

The Secretary for Education, Dr Uke Kombra, clarified that there are TFF coordinators now in the provinces who deal directly with the issue.

Kombra said the coordinators were appointed this year to be the first point of contact for schools that have not received their TFF subsidy. The coordinators then communicate directly with the TFF team at Waigani to look into the problem.

“Any schools out there that are yet to receive their TFF must go immediately to see the coordinators in the province so we can then have a formal report to us.

Schools urged to clean up before classes begin

The school year starts on 25 January for teachers and 1 February for students.

In the past, it has been noted that schools delay classes because they use the first week to clean their school grounds.

Department of Education has requested school caretakers, principals, head teachers, members of the Boards of Management and Governing Councils, teachers and parents to organise themselves before the first week of classes.