July 3rd, 2012 (The National)
Education subsidies among impact projects.
THIS is the third year of the national governments fee free policy for education subsidies for Basic to Grade 10 and 75% for Grades 11 and 12. Education subsidies are among 17 impact projects being implemented in 2011 and 2012 in order to achieve the Department of Educations vision and mission statement. This was highlighted at a recent New Guinea Islands development workshop organised by the Consultative Implementation Monitoring Committee in Kimbe. The department said of the K300 million, K228.9 million had been paid out to schools nationwide. About K28.05 million was allocated to elementary, K93.5 million to primary, K94 million to secondary, K4.5 million to vocational training centres and K2.98 million to national high schools. A total of 70% of this funding has been disbursed, while 30% of schools were updating bank accounts and enrolment figures. In order to achieve the departments vision, the following 17 impact projects are being implemented in 2011-12: Curriculum development materials, secondary school equipment, curriculum teacher/student resource material development, rehabilitating education print shop, quality development of standards measurement, procure and distribute secondary school books, reading education project, enhancing quality in teaching through television, education training and human resource development programme (EDF9), inspectors housing and transportation, maintenance of Sogeri, Kerevat, Aiyura and Passam national high schools, school development and maintenance grants, flexible open and distance education, TVET sector projects, qualification upgrading skills development, establishing library in every school and education subsidies. The department said the projects in 2011 and 2012 and coming years were aimed at improving access, retention, quality, equity and management. Constraints affecting the successful implementation of these projects were being identified and addressed with relevant key stakeholders.
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