The Southern Highlands provincial government has paid K93,600 to Divine Word University as fee subsidy for 117 students from the province studying at the Madang campus.
The amount does not cover SHP students studying in DWU campuses in Wewak and Rabaul and affiliated institutions.
Dr Temo apologized to the SHP students in DWU and other tertiary institutions for the delay in the SHPG honoring its commitment to subsidise their fees.
He said the delay was due to the provincial politics-related problems that besieged province for the most of this year.
Dr Temo said the SHPG was pleased to eventually honour its commitment.
He said the SHPG earmarked K3 million earlier but this had to be halved following the politics-related problems.
Dr Temo assured the students the subsidy scheme would continue into the future as long as educated people like him the Administrator Joseph Cajetan were in the administration who see the importance of education.
DWU Vice President Student Affairs Ted Alau commended the SHPG for assisting the students as education was key for the province and the country.
DWU SHP students’ president Solomon John expressed the students’ gratitude to the governor William Powi and the SHPG for the fee subsidy.
Mr John said education is the future of the province and country and it was good to see SHPG supporting it.
A Masters degree student Were Apurel Liwa also thanked the governor and SHPG and challenged his fellow students to return to the province and change it.