Over four hundred students and teachers of Lae’s St Joseph Catholic Technical School celebrated the opening of six new buildings at the school last Friday.
It took the school three years to build these new infrastructure. The buildings were built using the Tuition Fee Free funds.
The ceremony was witnessed by Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, Education Secretary, Dr. Uke Kombra, Catholic Education Secretary, Louis Worealevi, and representatives from the Morobe Education Department.
The six new buildings came as a present to the students and staff of the school after many years of learning in buildings that were built in the 1960’s.
These new constructions include bricklaying workshops, an administration office, an electronic technology building and teachers flats.
St Joseph Catholic Technical School Centre Manager, Moses Kaupa, said the buildings took three years to complete costing about K3 million.
However, minor works were left incomplete due to limited funds available.
Morobe Governor, Kelly Naru, committed K300, 000 to assist the technical school with more infrastructural developments.
Naru said the money committed will be budgeted in next year’s budget.
National Education Secretary, Dr.Uke Kombra said K2.7 billion has been invested in the education system.
He believes TVET programmes are the best way forward in terms of the development for this country, adding that at the end of this academic year, only five thousand of those students who are in the formal education system will find a job.
The rest will return to their communities.