Limited Job Opportunities

By Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby

Students graduating from Malalaua Vocational Centre, Gulf province, have difficulties finding employment within the province.

Head Teacher, Philip Kavara, made this comment after many students travel into Port Moresby to seek employment opportunities at Hotels.

Kavara said limited job opportunities is an issue beyond the centre’s capacity and made an appeal to Gulf political leaders to assist the centre.

Malalaua Vocational offers practical courses from Tourism and Hospitality to Welding and Carpentry.

During its academic year, both theory and practical lessons are conducted.

However, the scarce job opportunities pose a challenge when it comes to job training.

On average, only two out of ten students are able to do job training.

Philip speaks about limited job opportunities in Gulf

Malalaua Vocational is the only technical institution in the province. It was established in 1974 and remains under funded for over three decades.

It enrols students from both East and West Kerema, but because of the lack of infrastructure, parents refuse to register their students at the centre.

For 2016 alone, the school has registered 75 students and head teacher Kavara says the number is decreasing.

But while teachers here strive to teach practical and theory lessons to their students, the chances of them finding employment after graduation remains very low.

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