‘Admit health system crisis’
People throughout the country know that the health system is in crisis, Moresby North-West MP Sir Mekere Morauta says. Sir Mekere said Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Health Minister Sir Puka Temu should have listened to doctors and patients and admitted the health system was in crisis. He said recent statements by PNG Doctors’ Association president Dr James Naipao and Prof Dr Glen Mola of University of PNG Medical School highlighted urgent and serious issues that the Government refused to acknowledge or do anything about.

School receives K2mil
GOROKA MP Henry Ame has presented K2 million to management of Goroka Secondary School to pay outstanding bills of a company that built a number of school buildings. He handed the money to school chairman Enoch Mieh and principal John Onga last week.

Pull up socks,teachers told
TEACHERS in Jiwaka have been urged to pull up their socks in 2019 and teach students with more commitment and passion. Jiwaka education adviser Erwin Us appealed to principals and administration of Minj, Fatima, Anglimp, Waghi Valley and Nondugl secondary schools to ensure effective teaching and learning.

Assistance for students
KEROWAGHI MP Bari Palma has paid sponsorship fees for more than 50 grade 12 dropouts from his electorate to Chimbu Technical College to attain technical trade skills this year. Palma had made arrangements with ward councillors and community leaders to send at least one grade 12 dropout to enrol at the college at Don Bosco each year.

MP gives K1.5mil for fees
Telefomin MP Solan Mirisim says the district has allocated K1.5 million towards helping students attending tertiary institutions this year. He reminded parents to still fulfil their obligations as the funding would not ease all their burdens. The assistance amount for this year ranges between K1500 – K2000 per student from Telefomin.

Initiative applauded
THE proposal by Mendi-Munihu MP Michael Nali to swap school principals in Southern Highlands teaching in their own districts to other district is a good initiative and will bring changes in education, says a former school chairman. Stanley Irepu, from Kagua-Erave, told The National that the idea must also be applied to teachers too as “landowner teachers” never committed their time at their schools.

Seymour disappointed
PROTESTING and threatening to shut Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture operations out of frustration is not only illegal and unlawful but outright disrespectful for rightful landowners and their communities, Huon Gulf MP Ross Seymour says. Seymour expressed disappointment and condemned the illegal acts of a handful of disgruntled people who protested to close the mining project in Morobe.

Beach open to public
PUBLIC in Lae have been to use Wagang (Sipaia) Beach in an acceptable manner, says a village elder. Wagang village deputy chairman John Jacob said the villagers were not stopping people from using the beach. He said all they wanted was for the public to respect villagers and adhere to rules and regulations governing usage of the beach.