Govt Looks Into Uni Funding Issues


BY NELLIE SETEPANO of The Post – Courier 

The University of Goroka’s financial crisis is being looked into by the government.

Minister for Treasury, Charles Abel, said last weekend that he has instructed treasury secretary, Dairi Vele, to look into the university’s financial issue after the university governing council called on him last week to rescue the cash-strapped university.

The university needs K8 million for goods and services to complete the academic year after the institution’s food rations dwindled and staff expressed uncertainty about their future wages.

Mr Abel said he has not received any notification from higher learning institutions for rescue packages.

It is believed that the government’s higher learning institutions have not received the government’s sponsorship component – Tertiary Education Scholarship Assistance Scheme (TESAS).

Some institutions that had inquired at the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology about TESAS had been told there are no funds.

Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology secretary, professor Jan Czuba, could not be contacted for comment.

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