EDUCATION secretary Dr Joseph Pagelio has commended the Australian government for its continued support to education in PNG both financially and in various school and educational projects over the years.
“The Australian government’s commitment in supporting our vision for education in PNG is most welcomed. It helps us to provide all citizens equal access to quality basic education.
“They can then be equipped with life-long skills to contribute to the long-term sustainable development of the country,” Dr Pagelio said.
Last Friday, Dr Pagelio and Australian High Commissioner Ian Kemish were at Erima Primary School in Port Moresby to hand over text books.
The education department’s primary curriculum officers approved 539,000 text books funded by the Australian government.
“All the text books have arrived and are waiting to be shipped to the provincial capitals.
“The books will go a long way towards providing quality education to more than 3,400 primary and community schools and eight teachers colleges in the subject of mathematics, science and language for Grades 6 to 8,” Dr Pagelio said.
He also said the procurement and delivery of educational materials had been one of the specific agreed outcomes of the education schedule and extended his gratitude to the Australian government for committing K20 million to procure text books and to get them delivered to schools in the first half of the year.
“With the support of donor partners, churches, Government and communities, PNG can achieve the overall vision of education to see the integral human development of our young people so that they become literate, skilled, healthy and self-reliant citizens who can contribute to the peace and prosperity of the nation,” he said.