21 Nov 2005

A former Prime Minister in PNG says education should be free for all

8:21 pm on 21 November 2005

Papua New Guinea's former prime minister, Sir Mekere Morauta, says he would reintroduce free education if he became the country's leader again.

Sir Mekere says he believes education is a right.

The National newspaper reports that he says the government should cover the fees, which would leave parents paying a small amount for materials and other necessities only.

He says more children would attend schools and no child would be denied access because its parents cannot afford it.

He also says education is the most important investment, as it assures a future of educated Papua New Guineans.