By Bethanie Harriman – EM TV, Lae
In the last three years, new dormitories, internet connection and classrooms have been used to train teachers effectively at the Balob Teachers College, in Morobe.
Pioneer principal of the college, Fred Stolz, set the foundations, for the Balob Teachers College.
Fred Stolz, an Australian, had come to PNG in 1965 to train teachers.
“In my time we had 300 students here,” he said.
“I’m glad that the two years spent would be increased to three years, they’ll be better prepared,” Mr. Stolz said.
Though there have been slow changes in the institute since 1965, new infrastructures that have been continuously added have changed the face of the teachers training college.
The institute receives generous support from the Morobe Provincial Government, as it is owned by the Lutheran Church.
The European Union has also contributed with buildings, however some are still under construction.
The government’s free education policy has led to an increase in demand for training more teachers. This has put a strain on resources in Balob Teachers College as well as other higher institutes around the country.