Govt, not students, to pay uni K12M

THE government will pay the K12 million it said it would to the University of Papua New Guinea to cover the cost of the revised 2016 academic year.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 08 January 2017
  • 00:00
  • News
Govt, not students, to pay uni K12M Isaac Lupari

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Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari gave this reassurance after the university said that students would have to absorb this cost.
 
He was responding to the statement by acting chancellor Dr Nicholas Mann in The National newspaper last week that "operational cost for the extended academic year as a result of student protest will now be passed on to the students (by increasing their 2017 fees) because the Government did not release the funds as promised to cater for the cost incurred".
 
Lupari said the funding issue was discussed at a meeting yesterday with Finance Secretary Dr Ken Ngangan, UPNG vice-chancellor Professor Albert Mellam and Higher Education Secretary Professor David Kavanamur.
 
"We assured them (UPNG) that the Government will fulfil its commitments to provide the required funding," Lupari said.
 
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