Dream, Focus and Achieve was the graduation theme for Port Moresby National High School; the institution proudly graduated 321 grade 12 students at its 22nd graduation ceremony today (November 16), students turned up looking sharp in their Gold, Black and Purple uniforms.
The students were commended for their hard work and studies and even teachers were acknowledged for their tireless efforts in molding and shaping these young minds.
Among dignitaries present to witness this event were Imbonggu MP and Minister for Higher Education, Research, Science and technology, Pila Ninigi and the Japanese Ambassador to PNG, Satoshi Nakajima, as well as representatives of various business houses whose services assist with the schools operation.
Invited guest, Imbonggu MP and Minister for Higher Education, Research Science and Technology, introduced the online selection system during his speech.
“My department has selected and developed only one system, to do away with manual selection, today the selection will come from a computer. I will be the one to turn on this machine on the 13th of December. You don’t have to wait long to see your results,” Ninigi said.
Since taking up the portfolio of DHERST, one of his first interventions was to improve transparency and accountability in raising the probability of capable and eligible school leavers, ensuring fairness in the selection process of academic institutions.
Minister Niningi said, the computerised system will identify students individually by the candidate numbers they have been issued before sitting the National Examinations last October.
During his congratulatory message to the graduates, Japanese Ambassador to PNG, Satoshi Nakajima, stated that PNG is rich with natural resources and needs highly educated and skilled people to harness these resources for all Papua New Guineans. He encouraged the students to become responsible leaders for their communities and the country.
The Dux awards for Social Science and Science streams were awarded to Jobina Numoi and Jonah Raepa, respectively.
The school also extended their gratitude to ITI for their continued support in sponsoring two students with an ITI scholarship each.
School Principal, David Diowai, thanked Ambassador Nakajima for the continued support through their partnership over the years. He also encouraged the graduates to continue to add value to themselves as responsible young assets to PNG.
“In everything you decide to do, always be mindful of the consequences. Live and work for God first, live and work for your parents next, live and work for other third. You grasp these principals, you will make a positive difference towards achieving peace and intellectual understanding. And remember, from here on, you remain ex Pomnaths forever. The memories of Pomnaths remain as your heart’s valuable treasure,” said Diowai.
The event concluded with a cheque presentation of K110,000 to the principle for a new school truck on behalf of the National Gaming Control Board and closed with presentation of individual certificates of attainment.