25 Feb 2009

PNG government considers broadening free education

5:06 pm on 25 February 2009

The Papua New Guinea Government is to consider providing free education from elementary to grade eight by next year.

The National Executive Council is meeting in Wabag in Enga Province and the Post Courier reports that Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Puka Temu, was moved by the Enga children who welcomed the Ministers with signs appealing for something to be done about school fees.

The Deputy Prime Minister says while the decision would affect the budget, it would be the right decision as it would lay the foundation for human development.

Meanwhile, the Post-Courier reports the National Planning Minister Paul Tiensten wants free education up to grade 10 and that view will also be considered by the National Executive Council.