By Staycey Yalo, EMTV News, Port Moresby
The National Government recently approved the Higher Education Reform Policy for all post-secondary education, including public and private-permitted institutions such as; universities, technical colleges, technical training institutes, community colleges, nursing schools, research laboratories, centres of excellence, distance learning centres, among others under the Higher Education Department.
The approved policy submission is slated to transform and unify the Higher Education System in the country.
The Higher and Technical Education Strategic Implementation Plan (2017- 2038) will focus on helping as many students as possible to gain entry into universities and colleges to offer a quality of education.
Departmental Head, Father Jan Czuba said they consider technical and vocational training as an integral part of higher education which fosters development.
Currently, PNG’S higher education sector has nine different ministries, which has caused difficulties in the post-secondary education system.
Fr. Jan said the unification of the higher education system is to develop an education system, to help students prosper in their fields of study.
He added quality education at all levels is important for the country’s human resources to upstream economic development, prosperity and competitiveness.