PM O’NEILL LAUNCHES SIMBU POLYTECH INSTITUTE
by: Post Courier
A K150 million project that will train and upskill human resources was launched in Chimbu Province last Friday.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was in Dirima, Gumine, to do the ground-breaking ceremony to start work on the Simbu Polytechnic Institute.
Described as an impact project, it was the first among others that would be launched in other regions.
PM O’Neill told thousands of people who gathered that the Government was investing in education which was a top priority.
He said this was because the country did not have to depend entirely on gold, copper and oil which were not renewable resources.
The PM said for the past 40 years successive governments had failed its people, but the current government continued to delivery services to the people.
He said children should not leave at the end of grades 8, 10 and 12, that was why the government was investing in the technical school to bridge school leaver gaps and in turn have trained students to better serve themselves, their communities and country.
Chimbu Governor Noah Kool said the polytechnic institute was a boost because during the past three years, the province had processed up to 6000 students grade 12, but about 1000 had progressed to tertiary institutions.
“The polytechnic is our cash economy. We need support from the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology and the government,” he said.
Education Minister Nick Kuman, who is Gumine MP, said the polytechnic institute would enroll 1000 students annually and have up to 150 staff.
Among leaders who travelled to Gumine were Planning Minister Charles Abel, Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Tobias Kulang, Kagua-Erave MP James Lagaia, Higher Education Secretary David Kavanamur, Education Secretary Uke Kombra, Works Secretary David Were and Police Commissioner Gari Baki.
Senior officials from the Education Department were also there for the launch.