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  1. Joshua
    Joshua January 24, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    What is the actual School project fee payment for all Secondary Schools in the province?

    1. Grant Walton
      Grant Walton January 25, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Joshua,

      In the past – before the ban on project fees – Provinces set their own maximum project fee limits. Now, the national government’s ban on project and school fees has meant that project fees are not meant to be charged. (It’s worth noting that the PNG government has back-flipped on this policy a few times).

      Despite the ban, some provinces, such as East New Britain, are charging project fees because they have their own education act. I can’t tell you what the upper limit for secondary schools is, because our research focuses on primary schools. However, during recent fieldwork in East New Britain we were told that the official upper limit of project fees was 300kina for upper and lower primary schools. Officially, primary schools did not charge fees in Gulf – though some unofficially charged fees.

  2. AJ Lambo (PNG - Insight)
    AJ Lambo (PNG - Insight) April 21, 2015 at 8:51 am

    TFF education policy in PNG was introduced in 2012 by the government. Parents paid project fee up to 2014. Why has it been stopped? Putting a compete stop was insanity.

    Look, K605 million allocated for TFF subsidy was not enough. The Post Courier reported that there are 1.9 million eligible students in the country, that is close to 2 million. In fact, the government is paying K300 school fee per child – and that is for the whole year.

    Schools are on the verge of closing (and others closed before term one ended). The Catholic school principal conference in February highlighted this problem before in happened. So, who are we to blame?

    The government can fix this problem: it can either let parents pay project fees or double its TFF subsidy.

  3. Rebecca Robinson
    Rebecca Robinson April 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Abrupt policy education changes, including the ban on vital project fees, are causing real problems for schools, particularly remote area schools.

    Given the consistently very late disbursement of TFF, schools have no other option than project fees if they are to pay real and essential costs such as:

    – Mobilising teachers to their school (lack of transport allowances for Morobe teachers caused no end of mayhem earlier this year; on the first day of the teaching year hundreds of teachers were at the Provincial headquarters seeking support for transport and verifying their posting locations)
    – Paying “volunteer” teachers from the community who keep schools going in the absence of registered teachers
    – Buying basic school materials
    – Carrying out basic maintenance and small infrastructure improvements

    Banning project fees, combined with late or inadequate TFF, are conspiring to make already fragile disadvantaged remote schools face even greater barriers than before. A lack of project fees, as well as other factors related to education policy shifts, have meant that some schools have remained shut for most or all of the entire first term.

    Thankyou for highlighting the problems associated with banning project fees.

    Sincerely,
    Rebecca

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