THE Sacred Heart Bomana Teachers College in the National Capital District is set to start training its first 100 students on Wednesday.
Principal, Br Bernie Cooper, said turning the former Canossa School of Life into such a college was planned a few years ago to meet the demand for primary school teachers.
“We need trained young teachers with Melanesian and spiritual values to teach in remote communities.
“They will be taught the national teacher education curriculum,” he said.
The college is registered as a Catholic church agency-run institution under the Education Department and the European Union’s education training and human resource development programme.
Upgraded from what was the Franciscan Brothers-run Canossa School of Life in Bomana, on the outskirts of Port Moresby, the college is enrolling 50 women and 50 men.
Br Bernie, who could not say how much was spent to redevelop the college, said on Wednesday that the trainees, upon graduation, would be posted to remote areas in the Southern region.
The college has three state-of-the-art lecture rooms, information technology facilities and two refurbished dormitories.
Br Bernie said 24 staff houses were expected to be built later this year.