By Stanley Ove Jr – EMTV News, Port Moresby
National Planning Minister, Richard Maru, has announced that all technical schools in the country will be allocated their own funding in the 2020 National Budget. The Minister said a submission will be made to cabinet to see this be made a yearly program for all institutions to upkeep and develop their colleges.
“The Marape-Stevens Government recognises the need for technical people in the country. We have started a program in Port Moresby Technical School, and next year will come to Mt Hagen,” Minister Maru said.
The Minister was referring to a K5 million funding presented to Port Moresby Technical College early this year. He said technical colleges deserve their own funding as many in the country are slowly deteriorating.
“It is part of our medium-term development plan 3 which was launched recently. Funds must be made available so that these schools build their own capacities and also work in bringing in more courses in education and skills training,” said Minister Maru.
Meanwhile, the Minister has reaffirmed the board of governors of Mt Hagen Tech that the Government will re-look the proposed poly-technical college status of the school. Moreover the focus now will be to address continuous issues like water problems and unfinished teachers’ houses.