Human Capital Development; this wasthe core message atthe 16th graduation ofthe University of Goroka overthe weekend.
Guestoacting minister for higher education Don Polye emphasisedthe need for innovation to compete inthe global market.
It was a big day for the seven hundred and eight students’who graduated with Masters, Bechelor’s and Diploma’s, and two hundred ofthem Degree’s in Teaching.
It was a day of realization also for parents and relatives who turned out hundreds atthe campus ofthe University of Goroka.
The day of high anticipation however stressed out testingthe patients of organisers and students’asthe guest of honor keptthem waiting.
Acting Higher Education Minister, Don Polye eventually arrived from Port Moresby a couple of hours late at almost midday with Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso.
The Manus dancers soundedthe guest arrival. On stage, no apology, but Mr Polye began with integrity why he was nowthe acting minister for higher education. The rest of Mr Polye’s message was in keeping withthe government’s plans on education.
It will bethe driving force under Vision 2050. The drawback Mr Polye acknowledged isthe lack of qualiflied people to correspondthe rapid pace of development inthe technical and intellectual fields.
The government he said accept blamed for that in not properly funding state universities and colleges. That will now change.
Our education is now said to be included inthe newly established sovereign wealth fund bythe government.
UOG andthe people of Eastern Highlands heard it first thatthe inclusion will be in a form of a special portfolio to establishthe foundation forPNG rsquo;s technical and intellectual sustainability for the next one hundred years.
John Eggins, National EMTV News