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UOG’s temporary accommodation costly

by PHOEBE GWANGILO

The University of Goroka spends more than K1 million in less than six months to provide temporary accommodation for students.

This is, according to the Vice Chancellor Dr Teng Waninga.

This unbudgeted expense came about after the seven-storey students hall of residents was damaged last year on September 11 by the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that shook parts of PNG with its epicenter in Markham, Morobe province.

Dr Waninga said that about K400,000 was spent monthly to accommodate 1000 plus UOG students residing outside the campus since September last year.

“We are still waiting for funds to build an accommodation for our students.

“K10 million was approved last year but we haven’t received the funding as yet,” he said in a follow-up interview on the update of students’ accommodation.

The university is renting outside the campus for the 1100 plus students and hiring four buses, that do five to seven runs in a day to and from the campus transporting students, he said.

“We haven’t been given any emergency funding from the damaged done by the earthquake.

“What we are doing now spending is outside of the budget,” Dr Waninga said.
He said the alternative arrangement certainly has negative impact on the quality of students’ learning.

He said the 1100 residential students were spread across the town with different living conditions.

Parents have also raised concerns about the safety and security of their children living outside the campus and attending lectures.