By JUNIOR UKAHA
MORE than 1000 Grade 12 students from 14 schools in Morobe attended a two-day expo which started in Lae yesterday.
The fifth Morobe Grade 12 Students Expo was held at the Assemblies of God (AoG) Okari Campus.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Our Children, Our Future.”
Maryanne Kuman, the spokesperson for the expo organisers, said the aim of the expo was to “guide and direct” the grade 12 students in the province to make the right choices for their education pathways.
Kuman, who is the guidance officer for schools in Morobe, said when she took office in 2012, she had noticed that not many students from the province had made it into tertiary institutions.
She said this had prompted her to hold discussions with stakeholders, including the provincial government to come up with the expo.
She said the first expo was held in 2013 and 13 tertiary institutions participated.
“The expo is a way of guiding or directing students to make the right choices for their future,” Kuman said.
“The students needed to know what the different tertiary institutions are offering and what Grade Point Averages (GPAs) are needed to enter these institutions,” she said.
“It’s also a way of marketing our students to the different institutions,” Kuman said.
She said the expo was also to unite the students from different schools in the province and foster peace and tolerance amidst recent incidents of school fights in Lae.
“This expo is funded by the Morobe provincial administration under its social services sector,” Kuman said.
This year’s expo attracted 22 government and private education providers.
Institutions that had their booth at the expo included the University of Papua New Guinea, University of Goroka, Divine Word University, University of Natural Resources and Environment, Institute of Business Studies University, International Training Institute, Lae Polytechnical College, Lae Nursing College, Madang Technical College and others were present during the expo.
By JUNIOR UKAHA