Careers expo attracts students in Milne Bay

Normal, Youth & Careers

The National, Wednesday July 24th, 2013

 AN annual Career Expo in Milne Bay was held from July 8-12 and saw 580 Grade 12 students from five secondary schools in the province attend.

This year the expo was hosted at Sacred Heart Secondary School, Hagita, with the theme “Search to the Depth” that challenged students from Milne Bay to explore all available avenues to pursue careers and excel in Life. 

Milne Bay Governor Titus Philemon officiated and allocated K500,000 as a scholarship for students who enter tertiary institutions. He will allocate an additional K1000,000 next year.

This scholarship will not cover students who completed secondary education outside of Milne Bay, which was good news for attending schools including Sacred Heart, Hagita, Cameron, Holy Name, Wesley and Santa Maria Watuluma.

Representatives and guidance officers from tertiary institutions and the Office of Higher Education (OHE) were present to explain the process of selections and encouraged students to strive for their goals and to never stop trying if they do not succeed at first.

Coordinator of Grade 12 selections Thimon Bune from the OHE stressed that the process of selections is very fine and it is really a bottleneck situation where only students with a very high grade point average (GPA) are selected to continue their education.

Tom Kuama from the Milne Bay University of PNG (UPNG) Open Campus and admission officer at the Lae University of Technology (Unitech) Leo Fugere informed students of the courses available at the universities.

Deputy principal of Port Moresby Business College Kamella Mokualabeta, who represented all business and technical institutions in the country, encouraged students to take up trades in light of the economic boom.