The Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Bruce Davis contributed a grant of K7.2 million to Enga Teachers College yesterday.
The money will be for the Enga Provincial Government to construct new classrooms and buildings for the College.
This was during the Commissioner’s two-day visit.
The High Commissioner said the teaching skills at the Elementary level is important and needs more attention.
He also said that computing services is useful in raising the level of education.
The College has two programs running side by side.
These are the Elementary Teacher Training, which is a single year Certificate course; and Primary Teacher Training, which is a three-year diploma program with inclusive education studies.
The Elementary Teacher Development Program has a four-week up-skill program funded by the Provincial Government.
The College has built two computer labs to further raise IT services in the school.
All these were supported by the Provincial Government and Australian Government for Educational Development in Enga Province.
The college has been operating for six years with a tried and tested model.
High Commissioner Davis said because of the Province’s high priority in Education, he will increase degree scholarships to study overseas to 15 from the present quota of ten.
The Australian Government, also alluded in the announcement, will also increase the Elementary Training Scholarships to 25 spaces for the Australian Awards Pacific Scholarship.
He said the Australian Government’s partnership with the province will see developments in infrastructure and information and technology services.