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PNG Education Minister Refutes Bankruptcy Claims

Papua New Guinea’s Education Minister, Lucas Dekena, firmly denied allegations that the nation is facing bankruptcy. In a statement issued on Friday, Dekena assured that the economic situation remains stable and that education services continue to be fully supported by the government.

Papua New Guinea’s Education Minister, Lucas Dekena

Dekena emphasized that the funding appropriated in this year’s budget ensures the continuation of key educational activities. He listed several priority initiatives that are guaranteed to receive funding and be successfully implemented in the coming months.

Among the priorities, teachers are set to receive a three percent pay increase by Pay 14 on July 10. Additionally, teachers’ upgraded base level pays will be disbursed by the same date, reflecting the government's commitment to improving their remuneration.

The Government Tuition Fee Subsidy (GTFS) will be fully paid for the first two terms and disbursed to schools, ensuring that students can continue their education without financial interruptions. Dekena highlighted the government's dedication to maintaining support for educational institutions across the country.

Furthermore, Dekena announced that the total budget for examinations and certification for 2024 will be fully released as requested. This move aims to ensure that all students have access to the necessary resources for their academic assessments.

In an effort to boost science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, additional STEM students will soon be sent overseas. This initiative underscores the government's commitment to enhancing educational opportunities and fostering a skilled workforce.

Dekena expressed his gratitude to the government for prioritizing education and health. He affirmed his dedication to ensuring that education services are fully implemented and that both students and teachers are well-supported.

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