24 Sep 2008

Hundreds of PNG trainee teachers given deadline to clear fees

9:34 pm on 24 September 2008

Hundreds of trainee teachers in Papua New Guinea have until the end of next week to clear outstanding fees at the Balob Teachers College in Lae.

More than 500 students at the Lutheran Church-run have been suspended for not paying their tuition fees.

The students are dependent on their parents, and in some cases their provincial administrations, to pay the fees.

A lecturer at the school, Ignas Mondimi, says the suspensions have come two months before the final examinations and if the fees are not paid the students will not be able to sit them.

"If they do not pay up or complete paying their school fees by the third of October they'll have to move out. Unless they pay up, they stay back. If they don't, they'll be denied the education."

Ignas Mondimi says the suspensions have not greatly impacted the teachers, who are continuing their jobs as normal.