May 23, 2017 – Post Courier
Leader of Peoples Movement for Change Party and Oro governor Gary Juffa says he supports free education, but this policy needs a review for improvement to match world education standard.
“I support the Tuition Fee Free (TFF) policy, but it needs significant improvement. It was never properly designed and never took into consideration the need for additional supporting infrastructure such as classrooms for additional children and additional teacher’s houses for additional teachers.”
Mr Juffa said the constant delays in the funding had caused much misery in learning for children and a general decline in quality of education.
“Our children are poorly educated and our teachers treated terribly.”
“PMFC shall improve on the TFF policy by conducting reviews and designing it to be world class in quality.
“Schools need science laboratories and e-libraries. Teachers need world-class training and a significant improvement in their welfare. They are very important aspect of nation building, and this government has totally forgotten them. We won’t,” Mr Juffa said.
He was responding to a challenge made by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to his critics to come up with a better policy on education.
Mr O’Neill has said in Keapara at the heads of departments meeting that free education should be pushed to greater heights and not kicked out as suggested by his critics.
The only other critic is Opposition Leader and THE Party leader Don Polye, who claimed that the free education policy under the current government was not working and wanted a subsidised scheme for parents to share some fees from primary to Grade 12, and government to pay for tertiary and higher education.