By Vasinatta Yama – EMTV News, Mt Hagen
National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, says the National Government is focusing on quality education and academic excellence.
Five more Technical and Vocational Education and Training or TVET schools will be built to cater for Grade 12’s who did not secure space at a tertiary institution.
Minister Maru said this recently, during the joint Foursquare agency schools graduation at Wapenamanda in Enga Province.
While there are plans to build more TVET in the country, the National Government is making it complimentary for elementary to secondary schools to teach Bible as a subject in class starting next year (2019).
Minister Maru says International government wants quality education, and all schools must teach bible to achieve it.
Maru added that students must also be taught in class to meet the world standard.
“We believe in potential, but we need a discipline group of people,” says Minister Maru.
While 23,000 grade twelves in PNG sat for the national examination this year (2018), only 7000 will continue on to tertiary institutions.
Technical Schools such as TVET will give opportunities to those who are unfortunate to learn life skills trainings and contribute to the development of PNG.
Minister Maru told the students who undertook TVET courses that with Power they could do other things.
He added that they will try their best to empower them to use their knowledge and skills they have gained to start their own businesses.
Minister Maru through his Ministry has committed K500,000 to upgrade the Foursquare TVET School at Wapenamanda, Enga province.