Some school administrators in Papua New Guinea fear there will be no second term this year with many schools yet to receive their full tuition fee allocation.
This comes as the first term draws to a close.
More than 10,000 schools nationwide are affected by the shortfall.
The heads of Catholic Church-run high schools and secondary schools complained last month that the Education Department had released 70 percent of the tuition fees which was only enough for first and second terms.
They raise fears that schools would have to close and other schools are also concerned.
Our correspondent Todagia Kelola says the government allocated US$219-million to cover the free tuition.
"It announced in the beginning of the year that it would release half of it at the beginning, but I don't think that the half that was promised was released, only maybe a quarter was released to all the schools."
Todagia Kelola says the Education Ministry remains tight lipped about the funding issue.