College’s K2m restaurant to cater for hospitality courses

National

CONSTRUCTION of a K2 million restaurant at the Port Moresby Business College will soon see hospitality training programmes conducted at the institute.
Principal John August told The National that the current infrastructure development at the college was timely as they move away from the traditional mode of classroom teaching and learning.
“I’ve been here at this college for 22 years and have been waiting for these types of projects for a very long time,” he said.
“We have all these projects coming up and I’ve seen all the developments from then on and we’re still progressing.”
August said the college planned to build rooms to complement the restaurant for hospitality training.
“We do run the hospitality course here but it’s so small so we are now expanding it. The rooms would be the extended motel rooms so the students could do their practical here rather than sending them out,” he said.
“The rooms would be rented out for additional revenue and this complements this multi-purpose building.” August said the college has 1170 students with plans to increase to 1300 next year and the infrastructure development was timely.
“We’re thinking about changing our mode of training, these days old teachers are still living in the past, spoon feeding students in the classroom,” he said.
“We try to introduce the lecture tutorial so that it puts an emphasis on doing more.
“The college has its annex in Kavieng and this is another effort in increasing its enrollment in providing opportunities for students in other provinces. The project submission will include infrastructure development for the Kavieng campus.
“This college makes every effort in ensuring that it continues to create learning opportunities for those students who are in year 12 and who were not able to go to higher learning institutions for various reasons,” August said.
Currently under the Government’s Public Investment Programme, there is construction underway for teachers’ houses at a cost of K1 million.

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