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Schools get subsidy cheques

BY THEOPHILES SINGH

Students studying under the TVET Scholarship and School Fee Assistance Program have finally received their school fee component from the National Capital District Commission (NCDC).

Universities and technical vocational institutions across the country were presented cheques on Tuesday by NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko, as part of their final subsidy fee for the 2023 academic year.

A total of K2.9 million in cheques was presented to the representatives of the various institutions at the Don Bosco Technical Institute (DBTI) main hall in Port Moresby, in the presence of student beneficiaries, parents and representatives from institutions.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop whilst presenting the cheques urged the students to produce good results as tax payer’s money was spent on their school fees.

“I want you to work hard and make use of the public funds which were spent on your education. As sponsors, we want nothing but excellent results from you and your academic performance. I want the institutions to also do their absolute best in training and upskilling the future human resource of the National Capital District and the country,” he said.

“As the government, we must step up efforts to push more of our young people into higher learning institutions and technical colleges. We need more skilled and knowledgeable young men and women to build this city and the country, and contribute to its future development.”

“We also want to see our workforce moving out into overseas countries and work in their industries. Ordinary Papua New Guineans need to be skillful enough to meet the demands of other countries, that is if we do not have employment opportunities here”.

He reiterated that many students have missed out on the scholarship due to financial limitations in the program, however he further added that it will continue on for the next five years.

“If I had the money I would be able to subsidise everyone’s school fee’s, however our funds are stretched to its limits. Whatever is given should be substantial to add on to the existing National government scholarships which are already in place such as the TESAS program,” he explained.

For students from the Moresby South electorate, a total of K1 million was allocated by the NCDC, an additional K1 million will later be given by the Moresby South District Development Authority (DDA) as part of their component.